Oral history of British science

Williams, Carol (Part 9 of 9). An Oral History of British Science.

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    The British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Williams, Carol, 1939- (speaker, female)

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    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 9: Comments on experience of Russian scientist VB during period of work on DSDP, LDEO, 1970s. [3:36] Detailed comments on reasons for not seeking more senior position at DGG, late 1970s. [7:10] Comments on/discussion of own view that lack of advanced training in mathematics/physics affected own confidence in geophysics. [9:08] Comments on effect of own personal/educational background on self confidence as a scientist. [10:42] Comments on relations with female friends. [12:41] Story of meeting/marrying husband, late 1970s. Detailed comments on/discussion of friendship with wives of husband’s friends. [19:24] Comments on nature/extent of interest in science since retirement. [21:22] Comments on writing of history of DGG, including use of first person accounts in Naomi Oreskes’ ‘Plate Tectonics’ [2003]. [28:14] Comments on effect on funding for geophysics of increased popular/political environmental concern, 1990s. [30:40] Comments on experience of being interviewed for National Life Stories; timing of own scientific career.

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    Interview with geophysicist Dr Carol Williams

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    Dr Carol Williams 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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