Malcolm Walker writes: I first met Dudley Williams (obituary, 25 November) in freshers' week in Leeds in 1955. Dudley lived at home for the length of his time at Leeds University – he was the apple of his mother's eye and she and his father were very hospitable to other students. Dudley would entertain us and our girlfriends with fantastic jazz piano played on a baby grand and his mother would provide soup and sandwiches. One of Dudley's sayings was that "beer builds brains", which seemed to work for us.The last time I saw Dudley was at Stanford University, where he took up the offer of a post-doctoral fellowship from Carl Djerassi. He was as friendly and outgoing as ever and still drinking beer (poured from "pitchers" in what passed for pubs in California) and playing any piano in sight, but even his persuasive talents did not stop us being...
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