Oral history of British science

Lovelock, James (part 8 of 13). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Climate Change Science

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    Interviewee’s home, Cornwall

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    Lovelock, James, 1919 - (speaker, male)

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    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 8: Detailed description of photograph of chromatogram produced March 1 1972 at PC, Bowerchalke, Wiltshire showing peaks for oxygen and CFC 11. Comments on use of ‘calculator’. [03:36] Story of invention of ultrasonic anemometer. Mentions self as ‘old-fashioned’ scientists. Description of photograph of ionisation anemometer [IA] invented by JL c.1947. [07:51] Story of using IA on HMS ‘Vengeance’ aircraft carrier, 1949. Comments on AI as inspiration for ECD; current health and safety rules restriction development of similar instruments now. [10:40] Story of procuring radioactive material for IA (polonium) from Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell. Description of packaging. [12:00] Story of procuring (strontium 90) for ECD from ‘Radiochemical Industries’, Amersham. Description of packaging in tin can. [13:31] Negative comments on effect of Green ‘ideology’ in limiting availability of nuclear material for science.

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    Life story interview with James Lovelock, independent scientist, environmentalist, author and researcher.

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    James Lovelock 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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