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Flowers, Brian (4 of 7). National Life Stories: Leaders of National Life

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    Senate House, London

  • Interviewees

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

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    Thompson, Paul (speaker, male)

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    Part 4: Reflections on work continued; played a role in the setting up and initial leadership of the European Science Foundation; felt the peak of career was Rectorship of Imperial College. Returns to talk about his own early education; primary school in Swansea; attended Glanmor School, where he began to take music seriously and discovered mathematics; then attended Swansea Grammar School. BF discusses mathematics teacher at Swansea Grammar [Foulkes]. Taking the geometry Higher School Certificate paper whilst ill. Friends whilst at school. Scholarship to Cambridge; went to Cambridge in 1942; other activities such as joining the college branch of the National Fire Service, air-raid watch; music at Cambridge; rowing. Tutors at Cambridge: Norman Feater; Arthur Stanley Eddington and Paul Dirac. Girlfriend whilst at Cambridge. Friends made at Cambridge: Tony Hewish. Two years in Birmingham from 1956. BF refused Chair of Imperial College, London; took Chair at Manchester in Theoretical Physics. Talks about teaching at Manchester and publication of 'The Properties of Matter.' Worked with Sam Edwards. Became Longworthy Professor in Manchester (replaced Sam Devons). BF took seat on Advisory Council for Scientific Policy and Science Research Council (SRC), 1967: details.

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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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