Oral history of British science
Raynor, Frank (Part 18 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 18: [08:04] Comments on 1964 paper in 'Journal of Applied Physics', by David Ashby, listing FR as a co-author: use of interferometer for measuring plasma density; Ashby borrowing laser from Harry Boot at SERL; FR designing and building electronics to pump laser tube; Ashby's use of laser in experiment; FR building red and infra-red detectors around lead sulphide cell and a hybrid photocell-photomultiplier, with a bit of help from EMI; [05:00] FR name attached to the publication. Remarks on: some scientists acknowledging their assistants, secrecy of Aldermaston publications; FR not knowing about laser beforehand; FR surprised to be named on paper, FR acknowledge on later papers but not listed as author; FR searching for paper reference on Google recently, David Ashby expecting paper to be removed from searches.
Interview with technician, Frank Raynor