Oral history of British science
Flowers, Brian (3 of 7). National Life Stories: Leaders of National Life
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Flowers, Brian, 1924-2010 (speaker, male)
Thompson, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 3: BF describes John Cockcroft, Bill Penney, Christopher Hinton, G.I. Taylor and debt to Cockcroft. BF on the benefits of working within a team within a large department as opposed to being within a university setting. Attitudes to cost under Cockcroft and Schonland. 1973-6 became Chairman of Royal Commission for Environmental Pollution: fears over high flux reactor in London; Windscale; nuclear waste disposal; radiation hazards. Becoming known more for environmental work.. The Nuclear Power Report and its recommendations: setting up Standing Commission for Energy and Environment, chaired by BF; became briefly President of the National Society for Clean Air. Describes becoming President of European Science Foundation (ESF): its' function, funding and establishment of Academia Europaea. BF reflects on forty years work in nuclear physics; proud of research.
Life story interview with physicist Lord Brian Flowers.