Oral history of British science

Laughton, Anthony (Part 12 of 12). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Interviewee's home, Surrey

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    Laughton, Anthony, 1927- (speaker, male)

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    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 12: Comments on significance of pieces of music played in tracks 12 and 13. [2:29] Comments on attractiveness to self as a child of Swallows and Amazons books. [3:59] Comments on career of Dick Burt [DB] as ‘Net Man’ on D2 and D. Mentions MBE of DB and bosun, Henry Morton. [7:36] Comments on reason for title, ‘Net Man’, linked to history of marine biological research; role of naval officers seen in cine film described in Track 11. Mentions dining arrangements of scientists and officers and those of crew, including DB, bosun and the ‘donkeyman’. [10:22] Negative comments on retirement at age of 61. Comments on retirement activities: oceanographic work, informal lectures to U3A (University of the Third Age) and local societies, family life, sailing, playing French horn and singing in Haselmere Musical Society, writing of memoirs. Description of memoirs, intended for family audience. [14:39] Story of writing of history of the NIO: ‘Of Seas and Ships and Scientists’ (2010). Comments on decisions made in role as co-editor; intended readership; motivation for writing of book. [20:38] Comments on experience of being an NLS interviewee. [22:01] Brief description of archive material held at library of NOC, Southampton. [23:08] Description of ‘archive’ material in study at home, including slides and diaries of oceanographic cruises, intended for addition to NOC material. Comments on archiving of photographic material at NOC. [25:45] Description of several ‘scrapbooks’ intended for family inheritance. Comments on potential family recipients of more personal material, such as the scrapbooks.

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    Interview with Oceanographer Sir Anthony Laughton.

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    Sir Anthony Laughton interviewed by Paul Merchant: full transcript of the interview

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