Inventor of the pill deserves recognition
WITH regards to your vote on Plymouth's greatest Janner. Were my wife and I the only people to vote for Dr Herchel Smith, who, with his partner, invented the birth pill.
He was a genuine born and bred Plymothian. He would return to Plymouth each year and always paid a visit to my wife's family who were bought up with him.
He loved Plymouth so much that when he died some years ago, he had his ashes scattered in Plymouth Sound.
When he returned to Plymouth each year, my wife acted as his driver so I was lucky enough to meet him, a more modest, nicer man you couldn't wish to meet.
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I would also like to point out he gave millions of pounds to Oxford University which he attended. Was he ever given any honours by Plymouth, or for that matter by the British Government, of course not.
I don't suppose he could sing like Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Cliff Richard or Sir Tom Jones and I don't suppose he could swim or dive like your other famous Plymothians. To let your readers know, when he was working on the birth pill, he asked for funding and he told my wife and I he was gutted when he was turned down and he had to go to America to attain the finance.
God knows how much money this country lost out on, if it was up to me I would have erected a statue to him or at least named a building after him, but my wife and I must be in a minority of two.