Dr Stephen Potter

Category: 1970s /  All Harkness Stories /  Economics, Finance & Business /  Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths / 

Dr Stephen Potter (HF 1973-75) undertook post-doc studies in Physical Organic Chemistry at Yale University  with Professor Jerry Berson. He recalls an amusing and challenging interview involving Alistair Burnett, Thea Musgrave and the Vice Chancellor of Manchester University after his doctorate at Sheffield.  Stephen thoroughly enjoyed his time living in Saybrook College as a Freshman Counsellor, meeting Paul Newman, Dick Cavett, Burt Shevelove and Wayne Sleep during the Henning’s Thursday cocktails and visiting all the regions of the US and many parts of Canada during his 3 month trip. He has kept some very good friends from his time on the East Coast. Following a subsequent Salters’ Fellowship at Cambridge he has had a very varied career in a wide variety of industries in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Dubai and, latterly in Sweden. Currently he is working with a couple of companies, Iprova SA, a Swiss / UK scale-up that is the World-leading company in data-driven invention and a start-up that his wife, Kerstin, is running, Visual Metaphors at Work AB. Kerstin and Stephen have four children, one working in digital advertising in New York, one a fine artist being looked after by galleries in Dusseldorf and London, one a Senior Colour and Materials Designer for McLaren Automotive and the fourth helping in VMaW. Peter has kept in touch with Didier Kessler, who was at Stanford during his time as a Fellow, currently living in Switzerland. Keen to connect with any other Fellows of his vintage, his Linked-In profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-potter-029a6/.