Oral history of British science

West, Richard (Part 15 of 15). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Climate History

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    Interviewees home, Great Shelford, Cambridge.

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    West, Richard, 1926-, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 15: Comments on feeling fortunate to have worked as an academic before a number of modern changes (from early 1990s), including assessments of research output and increased role of/accountability to funding bodies, with associated paperwork; negative effect on science of secretiveness associated with increased competition. Story of CFSP attempting to anticipate scientific discoveries through funding decisions. Comments on effect on quality of published papers of the Research Assessment Exercise. [4:01] Comments on effect of multiple-authored papers on personal satisfaction of scientific research; expansion of Quaternary research; concept of the evolution of scientific disciplines/sub-disciplines; distinction between teaching, research and administration in science. Mentions effect of email.

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    Life story interview with Professor Richard West FRS, Botanist and Quaternary Geologist.

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    Professir Richard West FRS 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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