Industry: water, steel & energy

Gronow, Colin (2 of 9). An Oral History of the Electricity Supply in the UK

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  • Recording date

    2014-10-22, 2014-10-18, 2014-12-16, 2015-01-29

  • Interviewees

    Gronow, Colin, 1929- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Remarks on UCL: CG working hard at university; anecdote about CG working too hard to keep with letter writing rate of girlfriend in Swansea; CG little time for anything other than tennis and Saturday visits to theatre with girlfriend; description of CG and room mate studying in evenings; outline of typical day, 9 or 10am start to lectures, working till 5, then working again in evenings; CG working 6 day week with Saturday off; self description of CG at university; CG having few close friends, not going to university dances or social events; girlfriends commonly met at social events at time; three 10 week terms; university holidays spent playing tennis and working part time jobs, such as in offices, for National Coal or sorting parcels; [06:40] CG having a few long term girlfriends over course of university, CG left by first girlfriend at university, two year relationship with girl on course, meeting future wife on train passing through Neath; CG meeting present wife Rosemary in CEGB; CG either meeting girlfriends through living nearby, university of work; [10:00] only two ex-servicemen of 13 on CG university course; more mature outlook of ex-servicemen; excellent quality of teaching, knowledgeable professor Egon Pearson, excellent probability lecturer Dr Flo David who later worked in California, quiet by excellent lecturer Johnson; statistic problems involving questions around limited amounts of data, patterns and significant differences,; use of hand cranked calculators; limited amount of data used in problems; mentions future wife using electronic calculator in CEGB. [14:50] Remarks CG feelings about statistics: hard but rewarding when problems solved; story about difficult statistics entrance exams at Cambridge and being outperformed by Manchester Grammar School pupils; CG doing well at languages due to ability to memorise words, similarity to memorising methods to solve statistics and maths problems. [18:40] Remarks on: probably having interview at UCL but no exams; CG granted Swansea Council Scholarship of £180 per year. [20:50] Story about how CG came to work at RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine at Farnborough: Dr Morant at Farnborough unsuccessfully trying to recruit him as a scientific officer on suggestion of Flo David; CG starting national service, basic training in Midlands; CG unexpectedly sent to RAF Gloucester to sit statistics exams; CG promoted to junior technician and posted to Farnborough. [24:45] Remarks on: CG degree results, pass degree in undergraduate; Flo David suggesting CG study MSC after good results in theory classes; CG staying with sister whilst on for two year MSc course at UCL.

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