Oral history of British science
King-Hele, Desmond (Part 10 of 21). An Oral History of British Science.
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King-Hele, Desmond, 1927- (speaker, male)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
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).
Life story interview with physicist Dr Desmond King-Hele