History of the Common Cold Unit

Lovelock, James (2 of 2). The Common Cold Unit Recordings

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    Interviewee's home, St Giles on the Heath, Launceston, UK.

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    Lovelock, James (speaker, male)

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    Tyrrell, David, 1925-2005 (speaker, male)

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    Tyrell, David

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    Part 2: During his time at the Common Cold Unit from 1946 till 1951 he invented several devices such as a sensitive anemometer which he called ultrasonic anemometer and worked on ionization detectors but he wasn’t very successful with any of them. However his device to use a radioactive source to measure slow air flows eventually lead, when he moved back to National Institute of Medical Research, to a detector for gas chromatography. He was involved in the experiments at Seal Island in Scotland studying cold virus spread with Dr. Lidwell and Sir Christopher Andrews

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    Doctor and virologist at the Common Cold Unit with Dr. Owen Lidwell, when the Air Hygiene Unit moved down to Salisbury in 1948.

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Lovelock, James (2 of 2). The Common Cold Unit Recordings

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