Oral history of British science

Scott-Scott, John (Part 1 of 18). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Aeronautical Engineering; Space Science and Engineering

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    Interviewee’s home, Bulkington.

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    Scott-Scott, John, 1934- (speaker, male)

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    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

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    Part 1: John Scott-Scott [JSS] Born 22 June 1934. Remarks on: attending Kindergarten 1938-41:having to sit on the naughty chair; well taught; air raid drill in cellars. Remarks on mother: Bertha or 'Betty'; grandfather, draughtsman; enjoyed high society dances with sister Meg in Ripon. [07:00] Comments on father Arthur John: married mother 1930s; skilled motor engineer in Doncaster with machine; died when JSS was 7; taught JSS engineering; story about being taken by to Empire Air Day, where he was impressed by the scale of the Hannibal aircraft; big man, smoked pipe, patient; [11:45] Remarks on: JSS's younger sister Ann: didn't have chance for relationship with father due to his early death, leaving a lifetime feeling of not having a father; family photographs of caravan holidays; meeting mother's Ripon friends; mother sending him to talk to Brayshay, a retired engineer, with whom JSS had little common ground; suspecting mother modelled family home on house in Boretree and that his parents met through his father fixing mother's car; mother being widowed previously by a gentleman farmer; [17:10] mother attending a course on motor cars, giving her an insight into machinery; limited knowledge of mother's background in Doncaster and social advancement by marriage; sister's interest in family history and marriage; mother's maiden name, Lanfear, also JSS's unloved middle name. [21:50] Comments on father's unclear background: Ratcliffe College; Clark Chapman apprenticeship in Scotland; different variations on name; engineer in First World War; family lived in same road as mother's family; possibly responsible for the family name Scott-Scott. [27:30] Remarks on maternal grandfather: draughtsman or surveyor; bad tempered; disliked JSS's interests in modern aeroplanes and engines; lived with JSS family for some time; anecdote about polluting his home grown tobacco with engine exhaust fumes. [30:00] Remarks on interest in small model aeroplane engines, saving up for first Mills engine in 1947, still collecting small engines.

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    Interview with aeronautical engineer John Scott-Scott.

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    John Scott-Scott 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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