Oral history of British science

King-Hele, Desmond (Part 3 of 21). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Atmospheric Science

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    Farnham, Surrey

  • Interviewees

    King-Hele, Desmond, 1927- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: Comments on specialisation at Cambridge; tendency for ex-servicemen to study own subject exclusively; own time to move across disciplines due to limited nature of own social life. Mentions CP Snow interviewing DKH for upgrading of Temporary Scientific Officer post to Permanent, involving conversation about Aldous Huxley’s latest book. Description of teaching of mathematics for Part 2; content of mathematics curriculum, including applied mathematics covering astronomy. [05:32] Mentions lecturers; numbers of female students in relation to total; comments on lateness in relation to Oxford of degrees for female students. Negative comments on services in chapel; lack of Professorships in space research due to historical specification.

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    Life story interview with physicist Dr Desmond King-Hele

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    Desmond King-Hele interviewed by Paul Merchant: 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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