Oral history of British science
King-Hele, Desmond (Part 15 of 21). An Oral History of British Science.
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King-Hele, Desmond, 1927- (speaker, male)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 15: [DKH reads from prepared notes] DKH’s development of interest in history of science, from early 1980s, role on RS’s British National Committee for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (including Chairmanship from 1984 until dissolution of Committee in 1993), organisation of International Meeting of RS 1987 celebrating Newton’s ‘Principia’, understanding of self as ‘modern Newtonian’, second ‘Principia’ conference, delayed retirement, retirement 1988, playing of tennis in retirement including in National Veterans Grass-court Championships, Wimbledon, deterioration in marriage, meeting and falling in love in 1989 with RT, RT’s academic career, RT’s husband and children, narrative poem on first year of relationship with RT, editorship of RS’s ‘Notes and Records of the Royal Society’ from 1989 to 1996, separation from wife 1990, flat bought 1991, holidays/conferences with RS in 1990s, presentation of papers on ED, establishment of Erasmus Darwin Foundation, examination of new ED archive material at Cambridge University Library [CUL] early 1990s, relations with staff at CUL, potential for new biography and collected letters, deposit of own archive material at CUL, difficulty finding publisher for new ED biography, publication and success of ‘Erasmus Darwin: A Life of Unequalled Achievement’, giving of 1997 Wilkins Lecture of RS.
Life story interview with physicist Dr Desmond King-Hele