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HOWDO YOU GET FROM RECORDING TRIBAL MUSIC IN AFRICA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC TOWORKING FOR THE MOST FAMOUS PHYSICIST IN THEWORLD? IWONA TOKC-WILDE ASKS JUDITH CROASDELL, PA TO PROFESSOR STEPHEN HAWKING.


INTHE OF REALMSTARS


PROFESSORSTEPHENHAWKING,CH, CBE, Fellow of theRoyalSociety,EmeritusLucasianProfessor ofMathematics, director of research at theDepartment ofAppliedMathematics &Theoretical Physics and founder of the Centre forTheoretical Cosmology ... it is perhaps fittingthat hisPAof eight years, Judith Croasdell, can list a couple of honours after her own name, too. AFellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Bachelor


of Divinity, she studied theology in Fiji, where she lived for 11 years with her two children from her marriage to composer/ explorer David Fanshawe. Before then, she accompanied her husband on his extensive travels in Africa in the early 1970s. “I worked with him on all his major projects, collecting and recording indigenous music.” When it cameto finding a new project at the end of the '70s,


Fanshawe’s approach was pretty unconventional. “He spun a globe and his finger landed on tiny Viti Levu, the main island in the archipelago of Fiji,” says Croasdell. “That’s how we ended up in the South Pacific, where there’s absolutely no light pollu- tion so the Milky Way was clearly visible and where we were lucky to watch Halley’s comet appear in 1986.” After her marriage ended, Croasdell and the children


stayed in Fiji. “I studied and worked as an art consultant, help- ing pioneer an art therapy program for people with mental disabilities,” she says. “I also helped run art galleries and set up a music centre.”


'SEE ROME AND DIE' In the end, Croasdell felt it was time to return to England. “We settled inCambridge in the early 1990s, and afterumpteen appli- cations Ifinally got a job as a secretary andthen aPAto the direc- tor of a research division at the examination board,” she says.t


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