Oral history of British science

Dommett, Roy (Part 18 of 19). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Aeronautical Engineering

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    Interviewee’s home, Fleet

  • Interviewees

    Dommett, Roy, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

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    Dommett, Marguerite, 1931- (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 18: Comments on: MD only discovering what RD was doing when he was awarded the CBE in 1991; RD trying to downgrade projects so they could be discussed from 1960s to 1990s; agreeing with Steve Metcalf that their actvity needed to be recorded, resulting in RAeS conferences on Blue Streak and Chevaline, where RD could not speak; MD not knowing what RD was doing, but learning in the 1990s. [03:20] Remarks on Roy getting the CBE: MD very proud but not knowing why; trip to the palace and deciding which child to take; RD surprised for getting award for just doing his job, particularly given secrecy of work; RAES award; John Major initiative leading to CBE getting a CBE; Roy's standing as a guru for the Americans, leading to trips to the USA for conferences on topics he didn't know about until he got there. [08:18] Stories about: about a trip to the USA to view the PAVE PAWS radar in Georgia; RD and MD trip to RAF Fylingdales radar.

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    Interview with rocket scientist and aeronautical engineer Roy Dommett

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    Roy Dommett interviewed by Dr Thomas Lean: 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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