Oral history of British science

Hilsum, Cyril (Part 16 of 25)

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    Interviewee's home, Middlesex

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    Hilsum, Cyril, 1925- (speaker, male)

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    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

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    Part 16 [20:20] Comments on White Heat of Technology: use of government labs to stimulate industry; anecdote about a visit to RRE by minister Tony Benn; story about visit from minister John Stonehouse to RRE director George Macfarlane, which resulted in Stonehouse ordering RRE to develop flat panel display technology to avoid UK country having to pay licences for American colour television tube technology, and subsequent meeting with David Parkinson and CH to set up working party. [05:50] Comments on working party on display technology: CH running group after Parkinson promoted; report; anecdote about CH decision to concentrate on liquid crystals rather than ferroelectric ceramics; reasons for CH decision to emphasise liquid crystals, [11:00 pause] relevance of low voltages. [13:40] Comments on limitations of cathode ray tubes in making larger television displays, ability to make thinner displays with liquid crystals and transistors. [17:55] Remarks on anticipated applications depending on who CH was talking to, civil and military applications. [stop - phone]

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    Interview with physicist, Cyril Hilsum

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    Cyril Hilsum interviewed by Thomas Lean: 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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