Oral history of British science
Flowers, Brian (2 of 7). National Life Stories: Leaders of National Life
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Flowers, Brian, 1924-2010 (speaker, male)
Thompson, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 2: How Brian Flowers (BF) became a scientist; interest in mathematics and physics; went to Cambridge to study natural sciences; drafted to the atomic energy project in Canada; first year in Montreal, second year in Chalk River; working on uranium assemblies; U233 fissile material. Returning to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment [Harwell] and doing experimental work. Working with Bruno Pontecorvo and Alan Nunn May in Canada; opinions of Pontecorvo and May. Discusses Klaus Fuchs. Interviewed by C.P. Snow. Working on the War Effort in Canada and Harwell. Returning to Harwell; experimental work before turning to theoretical physics. Going to work with Rudolf Peierls. Becoming Head of Theoretical Physics Division [at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment]. BF on the crucial things that he worked on. The influence of Peierls on BF’s work.; the influence of Tony Lane on work at Harwell. BF describes colleagues Walter Marshall, Mick Lomer, John Bell. The atmosphere at Harwell after WW2. BF’s role at Harwell and the role of the division he headed.
Life story interview with physicist Lord Brian Flowers.