Oral history of British science

King-Hele, Desmond (Part 10 of 21). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Atmospheric Science

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    Farnham, Surrey

  • Interviewees

    King-Hele, Desmond, 1927- (speaker, male)

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    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 10: Comments on ‘Observing Earth Satellites’ [OES] (1966); revised expanded version (1983); writing of dramatised documentary on Erasmus Darwin [ED] for Radio 3 ‘A Mind of Universal Sympathy’, 1973. Mentions writing second dramatised documentary for Radio 3 ‘The Lunatics’. [2:08] Comments on wife MN, including religious faith, teaching career, second career as Borough and County Councillor, separation in 1989. Mentions meeting Rosemary Thomas [RT] at this time. [3:48] Comments on characters, education, careers, lives, health of children Carole (born 1957) and Sonia (born 1959). [7:51] Mentions popularity of OES. Story of invitation by Giles de la Mare, Faber and Faber, to write biography of ED ‘Doctor of Revolution’ (1977); editing of ‘The Collected Letters of Erasmus Darwin’ (2007), assisted by Professor Hugh Torrens, Keele University. Comments on second book of poetry, ‘Animal Spirits’ (1983).

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    Life story interview with physicist Dr Desmond King-Hele

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    Desmond King-Hele interviewed by Paul Merchant: full transcript of the interview

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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