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Flowers, Brian (1 of 7). National Life Stories: Leaders of National Life

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    Senate House, London

  • Interviewees

    Flowers, Brian, 1924-2010 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Thompson, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: Brian Flowers (BF), born in 1924. Grandparents and parents: father was a parson; mother was a maths teacher. Siblings. Describes childhood homes in Rugby and Swansea. Help in the house; live-in maid and nanny. BF’s parents style of parenting; discipline. Family leisure; holidays; music. Parents’ involvement in local community. Father was a pacifist in the First World War; mother became a pacifist after meeting BF’s father; involvement in the Peace Pledge Union. Mother remained a pacifist through World War Two (WW2), whilst father supported the war. The politics of BF’s maternal grandfather. Father resigned his position after WW2. BF’s childhood and adolescent attitude to religion.

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    Life story interview with physicist Lord Brian Flowers.

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    Lord Brian Flowers interviewed by Paul Thompson: 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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