Oral history of British science

Evans, Stan (Part 9 of 12). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Geophysics; Physics

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    Interviewee's home, Suffolk

  • Interviewees

    Evans, Stanley, 1929- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 9: Comments on research in radar sounding of rocks/soils, DE, including work of former research students. [2:31] Comments on research into antenna development, DE; undergraduate teaching. [6:13] Story of origins of research into radio/microwave reheating of cryopreserved organs [RCO], through relations with Cryobiology Group [CG], Medical Research Council, Department of Surgery, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Detailed description of research into RCO, including equipment developed, funded by Wellcome Trust. Story of closure of CG. Comments on instability of cryopreservation perfusates; transfer of RCO equipment to University of York, with David Pegg (formerly of CG). [22:00] Mentions common low temperature aspects of RCO/RES research. Story of acquiring freezer, DE. [24:18] Description of RCO power amplifier. Story of procurement from Isle of Wight company of water-cooled transistor based power amplifiers for RCO equipment. Comments on design by research student Tim Marsland of power generators. [27:33] Description of resonant cabinet (‘cavity’). [29:59] Comments on retirement, 1997, aged 68. Story of origin of work with/for National Physical Laboratory [NPL] in production of database of dielectric properties of materials. Description of research involved in database. Story of end to this work, 2003; own reproduction of final version of the database.

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    Life story interview with Physicist Dr Stan Evans.

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    Dr Stan Evans 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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