Oral history of British science

Woodworth, Philip (Part 2 of 9) An Oral History of British Science

  • Add a note
    Log in to add a note at the bottom of this page.
  • All notes
  • My notes
  • Hide notes
Please click to leave a note

The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified.
Legal and ethical usage »

Tags (top 25):
(No tags found for this item)
  • Type


  • Duration


  • Shelf mark


  • Subjects


  • Recording date


  • Recording locations

    British Library studio, London and Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Liverpool

  • Interviewees

    Woodworth, Philip 1949- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: [28:39] Description of BGS, named Park High School for Boys. Comments on BS. Comments on teaching, BGS. Mentions enjoyment of Latin. Positive comments on masters. Comments on successful formality of teaching/discipline. [5:00] Comments on science teaching, BGS. Comments on teaching and learning in physics. Mentions evening Science Club. [8:08] Comments on influence of senior pupil, also able in physics. [9:00] Comments on dominance of science over arts in academic culture, BGS; lack of interest in history/art at BGS. Comments on teaching of English literature. [13:16] Story of writing down, as school child, qualifications needed for physics teaching; application for AEA university scholarship. [14:52] Description of physics teaching, BGS, including laboratory work. Comments on interest in unexpected/counter-intuitive findings of physics. [18:58] Story of giving lecture on nuclear power. Comments on teaching in thermodynamics/quantum mechanics. [22:02] Comments on own high grades in physics. [23:55] Brief description of experiments in optics, BGS. [25:00] Comments on maleness of physics; lack of female staff, BGS. [26:30] Comments on evening Science Club, including preparation for own talk on nuclear power.

  • Description

    Interview with oceanographer Philip Woodworth

  • Related links

    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

  • Metadata record:

    View full metadata for this item