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Friday, 18 October, 2002, 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK
Blair opens 20m science centre
Tony Blair opens the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics
Mr Blair said science is important to the UK ecomony
The Prime Minister has spoken of his own failings as a science student while opening a 20m physics centre.

Tony Blair opened Durham University's Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics on Friday.

He said he was a poor physics student at school because he found the subject "intimidating".

But Mr Blair stressed the importance of science to the country's economy.


I can honestly think of no-one less qualified than myself talking about physics

Tony Blair

The building, part-funded by a private donation from millionaire internet entrepreneur Dr Peter Ogden houses the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology and the Institute for Computational Cosmology.

Mr Blair said: "I can honestly think of no-one less qualified than myself talking about physics."

He recalled the time he saw politician Roy Jenkins gazing into space before a radio programme.

When asked by a young Tony Blair why he looked so thoughtful, he replied: "I'm just contemplating the vast expanse of my own ignorance".

Economic value

Mr Blair said: "I was a very poor physics student and one of the reasons why was that I found it very intimidating as a subject."

But he said Britain's future depended on leading the rest of the world in new technology as traditional manufacturing declined.

"Moving to higher and higher value goods and services is where science and research is of central importance to the economy."

Mr Blair then left to take part in a series of visits around his constituency.


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