Oral history of British science

Baillie, Mike (Part 5 of 8) An Oral History of British Science

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    Climate History

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    Queen’s University of Belfast and interviewee’s home, Belfast

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    Baillie, Mike, 1944- (speaker, male)

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    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

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    Part 5: [15:59] Discussion of description of bog oaks at SC as ‘beautiful’. Comments on SC landowner’s role. [1:53] Story of involvement in questioning of art historical chronology, in light of complete TRC, including disagreement with chemist/dendrochronologist John Fletcher’s [JF] concerning authentication of panel paintings. [7:10] Story of resolution of disagreement in own favour through work with KB on use of extent of sap wood to identify source of wood used in panel paintings; writing of related ‘Nature’ publication with KB. Mentions ‘dendroprovenancing’. Discussion of this work. [12:22] Further comments on JF’s concerns about/response to re-dating of the art historical chronology. Comments on response of other scientists to disagreement with JF, before and after resolution.

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    Interview with Dendrochronologist, Mike Baillie

  • Related transcripts

    Mike Baillie 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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