Suicide-inquiry fallout ‘could gag’ scientists

Giles, Jim
February 2004
Nature;2/5/2004, Vol. 427 Issue 6974, p476
Academic Journal
The article discusses the fallout of the death of British government scientist David Kelly. Kelly, who committed suicide after being caught in the crossfire between the government and the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), was revealed as an extremely private man who felt unable to discuss the extraordinary stress he was under, even with his family. Kelly's death is a heavy blow to those who study biological weapons proliferation. This small group remembers him as a helpful and open colleague but the inquiry starkly revealed the kind of double life that he was obliged to lead.


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