Oral history of British science
Raynor, Frank (Part 17 of 18) An Oral History of British Science
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Interviewee's home, Abingdon
Raynor, Frank, 1922- (speaker, male)
Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)
Part 17: [14:55] Remarks on life in retirement: holidays at static caravan near Minehead, exploring Devon coast and Quantocks; wife's decline in health, use of wheelchair; giving up caravan but exploring whole country; anecdote about not needing satellite navigation; children and grandchildren, spending holidays with teenage granddaughter; FR grand children and great grand children.[05:00] Remarks on FR Interests in retirement: BBC microcomputers, later given to local school; early PC's at 1980s Culham; building his own PCs and maintaining PC's for family; FR retaining interest in technical matters; thankfulness for good health aged 90; cycling into Abingdon. [08:00] Remarks on: treatment of nuclear history, poor opinion of nuclear industry in public eye; not talking about work much outside colleagues; son's Harwell apprenticeship and career at Oxford Magnet Technology Group, until takeover by Siemens and his retirement; secrecy. [10:50] Remarks on interview process: surprise at being interviewed; enjoying interviews; questions around use of project, potential lack of public appeal; reflections on path of FR life and career, anecdote about headmaster EE Geek's words when FR left school; luck in career.
Interview with technician, Frank Raynor