Meet the Editor: Gerald Clarke

Pharma IQ

We have a new editor on board here at Pharma IQ! He’ll be working as part of our talented team to bring you the best content in the pharma industry. To help you get to know our newest member we’ve asked him 20 probing questions to reveal what makes him tick, and what it is that makes him stand out throrough his work and life experiences.

Read on to find out more about our latest addition, Gerald Clarke.


Q: Who is your hero and why?

I think that Charles Darwin has changed the way we perceive ourselves more than any other. A scientist, adventurer, writer, husband and father, he was a man with a fearsome intellect, an incisive mind and a curious nature. His through and rigorous science helped change the world and his curious experiments, such as playing music to earthworms, make him an endearing figure.

Q: Who do you admire in the business world and why?

Bill Gates has proved himself to be successful over a long period of time in a changing business environment and has helped lead the way in many respects in his and other sectors.

Q: What has been your greatest achievement?

Finishing the book Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker, it was a good book, but it certainly was a trial.

Q: What is your greatest regret?

Not having become fluent in French while I lived in Paris is something I regret. Too much time spent with Anglophone friends!

Q: What is your favourite word?


Q: What is your least favourite word?


Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

Surely the only acceptable answer is astronaut?

Q: What profession other than yours would you not want to attempt?


Q: Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

Happy, Irish, Nerd

Q: If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?

Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. Probably cheating to give an astronaut as an answer to two questions, but I would love to talk to Colonel Gagarin and ask him about his experience in space. I think that he would have a really interesting perspective on the Cold War and how its by-products were some of humankind’s greatest achievements.

Q: What is your favourite book?

American Gods- Neil Gaiman

Q: What is your favourite film?

Dr Strangelove

Q: What is your most memorable quotation?

“A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business." AA Milne

Q: If your job requires a lot of travelling - what is your favourite journey?

I have always loved the drive from Cork city to Skibereen, it has such beautiful, rugged countryside.

Q: What is your favourite dish?

Chilli con carne

Q: What food can you not stand?


Q: What is the quality you most like in men?

The possession of good stories.

Q: What is the quality you most like in women?

The possession of good stories.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

In a colony on Mars.

        Q: If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t have ever tried liquorice.