Oral history of British science

Vine, Fred (Part 4 of 12). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Interviewees home, Norwich

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    Vine, Frederick, 1939- (speaker, male)

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    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

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    Part 4: Further comments on geophysics teaching, Part 2, NST. Mentions Maurice Hill’s [MR] lectures on geophysical techniques. Story of Sir Edward (Teddy) Bullard’s [TB] lectures in Cavendish Laboratory [CL]. [2:22] Comments on relations between geology and geophysics, nationally and at UOC. Description of TB. Comments on reasons for TB’s East Anglian/East African sites for geophysical measurements. [6:30] Comments on TB’s maritime wartime work, theoretical work on Earth’s magnetic field, relations with US (United States of America) scientists, Toronto Professorship, Directorship of National Physical Laboratory [NPL], Professorship DGG, late 1950s, work in marine geophysics, especially heat flow. [9:31] Further comments on TB’s lectures, Part 2; MH’s lectures. [10:36] Comments on geologists’ view of TB; TB’s view of geologists. Positive comments on Maurice Black’s geology lectures on relations between sediments and environment. Mentions lack of lectures by Harold Jeffreys [HJ]. Story overhearing HJ claim FV was mistaken about truth of CD, c. early 1970s. Mentions lack of awareness of UOC geographers; status of DGG as graduate school. Comments on TB’s view of geology. [16:46] Comments on teaching of geology, Part 2. Comments on Easter geological fieldwork. Mentions recent walk ‘Arran Coastal Way’ with wife, taking student notes. Mentions finding rare fossil, Arran; Sedgwick Club field trips; second year mapping course, Ribblesdale; third year Spitsbergen Expedition; Brian Harland [BH]. [21:06] Comments on minority of female undergraduates, UOC; influence of Homerton College on membership of RSRG; wife’s experience of geology UOC.

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    Interview with geologist Professor Fred Vine.

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