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Dickson, Bob (Part 12 of 15)

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  • Recording locations

    CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science), Lowestoft, Suffolk

  • Interviewees

    Dickson, Robert, 1941- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 12 [34:14] Brief story of DC’s daughter’s lack of awareness of father’s work. Comments on own children’s awareness of own career. Description of experiment designed for grandson to demonstrate effects of CC on land/sea ice. Comments on careers of own children; influence of self on children’s reading; children’s pride in own career. [7:01] Comments on perception of self as ‘better’ grandfather than father; time spent with children; relations with grandchildren. [11:28] Comments on reasons for slightly removed/distanced influence on children; own children’s experience of SA; family holidays in France. [16:17] Comments on influence of wife on step daughter, through shared interest in theatre/acting. [18:13] Story of writing children’s book, including description of content. [20:41] Description of play written for Pleasurewood Hills theme park, near Lowestoft. [25:19] Comments on origin of invitation to write plays for Pleasurewood Hills, beginning with ‘Woody’s Birthday Surprise’. [27:44] Comments on act/timing of writing, with related story. Mentions Financial Times crossword. Comments on care taken in writing lines for actors. Mentions review of David Attenborough’s ‘Frozen Planet’. Comments on Alistair Cook’s perception of good writing; care taken in writing own scientific papers, with related stories. Mentions editing by ‘Nature’.

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    Interview with oceanographer, Bob Dickson

  • Related transcripts

    Bob Dickson 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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