Twins' double success
by Chris Hunter
As one atom said to the
other, we gotta split.
And that’s just what
identical twins Mark and Leigh Whitehead are set to do after
graduating this week with PhDs in particle physics.
Originally from Barleycorn,
Leybourne, the brothers went to Brookfield Infants School and
Oakwood Grammar in Maidstone, where they discovered a joint talent
for maths and physics.
Since then they’ve followed
the same path to Warwick University, but are now, aged 26, going
their separate ways on different research projects – Mark on an
experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva and Leigh at
Fermilab in the US.
Mark said: "A long time ago
we saw a programme about some twins in their 90s who had always
"The interviewer asked what
would happen if one of them died and they both looked
"We thought, we don’t want to
end up like that."
Despite that they remain in daily contact and share the
same interests: playing guitar, football, Formula One, and of
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