Bernard Arthur Owen Williams

© Geoff Howard / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bernard Arthur Owen Williams

by Geoff Howard
bromide fibre print, May 1978
14 1/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (358 mm x 237 mm)
Purchased, 2003
Photographs Collection
NPG x126098

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  • Geoff Howard (1948-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 9 portraits.

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Current affairs

The country is brought to a virtual standstill as workers in the private and public sector strike over the government's decision to restrict wage increases. As more workers joined the strikes rubbish piled up in the streets, petrol stations ran short, and storage space had to be hired for unburied coffins. The period became known as the 'winter of discontent'.

Art and science

Louise Brown from Oldham in Greater Manchester becomes the world's first 'test-tube baby'. The 'in vitro' fertilisation procedure was a scientific breakthrough that has given thousands of infertile couples the opportunity to conceive.
Iris Murdoch wins the Booker prize with her novel. The Sea, the Sea.

International

Karol Józef Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II. He was the only Polish Pope and the first non-Italian Pontiff since the 16th century. During his 26-year pontificate, John Paul was recognised for his efforts to reach out to other religions and his fight against poverty and oppression. He has also, however, been criticised for his conservative attitudes towards divorce, contraception, homosexual marriage and the ordination of women priests.

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