Oral history of British science

Vine, Fred (Part 11 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 11: Comments on invitations to give lectures on CD/PT from 1966. [1:05] Story of decision to return to Britain in 1970, including preference for raising of children in Britain, dislike of US conservative politics. Positive comments on life in Norwich, Norfolk in contrast to London. [6:50] Further detailed comments on reasons for return to Britain, including position of own field of ‘geological geophysics’ in relation to professional society/university department disciplines, concern to seek opportunity for interdisciplinary work. [11:28] Mentions friendship with Brian Funnell [BF], UOC, UEA. Story of setting up of UEA 1960s by UOC history graduate Frank Thistlethwaite [FT], involving interdisciplinary ‘Schools’, including ‘School of Environmental Sciences’ [SES] from 1968. Mentions TB’s service on UEA committee for establishment of UEA. Story of committee member Solly Zuckerman arguing for combination of social sciences/Earth sciences in SES; success of SES by late 1980s; freedom to create own SES courses in Earth science, after appointment in 1970. Mentions appointment of JC, UEA. [16:43] Comments on reasons for seeking appointment as lecturer rather than researcher in a research institute. [18:49] Comments on role of BF in inviting FV to join SES, UEA. Mentions considering/visiting universities of Leeds [UOL] and Edinburgh. Brief story of attempt by others to create interdisciplinary Earth sciences department at UOL; creation of Department of Earth Sciences, UOC, 1980s.

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    Interview with geologist Professor Fred Vine.

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    Professor Fred Vine interviewed by Dr 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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