Oral history of British science
Islam, Saiful (8 of 8) Oral History of British Science
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Department of Chemistry, University of Bath
Islam, Saiful, 1963-(speaker, male)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 8: Comments on influence on self of friendships at UCL; parents’ observation that own self confidence was increased by experience of UCL. [3:09] Brief story of life of sister including career in molecular biology research (and comments on own/parents’/sisters’ reasons for liking ‘Pride and Prejudice). [5:52] Comments on different names for sisters, at home/within family and in public. Story of second sister’s life, including higher education in science and career in adult education. [8:19] Brief comments on possible reasons why self and siblings all chose scientific degrees. Further comments, in relation to ‘Pride and Prejudice’, on tendency for own mother not to seek particular husbands/wives for her children; awareness of particular attitudes to marriage of other mothers in parents’ friendship group; sisters’ decision to live away from home during university. [11:11] Comments on time spent with own children in London and Bath, with related stories. [16:33] Comments on factors that have contributed to own success in science, including expansion on role of ‘good fortune’.
Interview with Professor of Computational Materials, Saiful Islam