Schopenhauer apparently said we mostly can’t make pain go away, but it’s always open to us ‘to turn tears into knowledge.’
We can also turn our sad memories into open knowledge. Two years on I am still discovering more about my father, and sharing more of his collections.
His pictures of ecoli which I spread into Wikipedia have multiplied page views, about 1.2 million so far.
University archive colleagues have been incredibly kind and spent time with me looking through his photos. Apparently there is some genuine interest in the history of electron microscopy and molecular biology these days.
The estate of Dr Peter Highton will be happy to donate whatever we have in our cupboards.