It was sent my a man in Denver, Colorado, who is travelling to the UK with his son.
The email said, in part:
My son is 14 and is a serious student of chemistry. For quite a while now he has watched your videos on YouTube. He has incredible admiration for you and your work.
We are planning a trip to England from August 8-17. When I asked (my son) what he would like to do in England his first response was to meet Professor Poliakoff.
Professor, I know that you are very busy with your important work. But, I would be so grateful if you would be able to take a few minutes to meet with us. You are my son's hero and it would mean the world to him to meet you.
In case you are wondering, The Professor has said he'd be pleased to meet the young fan and plans are being made.
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