Oral history of British science
Ash, Eric (Part 11 of 13)
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Ash, Eric, 1928- (speaker, male)
Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)
Part 11 [20:13] Remarks on: birth name Ulrich Asch, changed to Eric Ash in 1938; EA feelings that name change may have been a mistake; contact with Germany in adult life, visits whilst at STL and through advising Bosch. [02:15] Remarks on advising Bosch: committee of people from major countries; Henry Kissinger acting as EA's American counterpart; yearly meetings and visits; anecdote about EA making his first comments on climate change and energy whilst at Bosch; description of Kissinger, EA admiration for Kissinger for handling of Vietnam War exit and opening up of relations with China. [07:00] Remarks on EA politics: democrat by American standards, largely left of centre but with some right wing views; belief in removing Church of England's national political role; view of religion at largest threat to humanity today; EA recently joining Humanists; religion's contribution to humanity's sense of morality; EA views against equality and overpayment of bankers; EA playing little part in science and religion debates. [12:15] Remarks on awards: anecdote about honorary doctorates having little value after a point; Fellowship of Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering; history of Marconi Award and Guglielmo Marconi's marriage arrangements, EA winning Marconi Award, later joining selection committee; CBE and knighthood tending to go with job of Imperial College Rector; [17:15] EA view of Bishops being removed from House of Lords; EA asked to consider becoming a peer; value of House of Lords contrasted to knighthoods; value of Fellowships of Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering to EA; anecdote about EA introducing Andre Geim at Royal Society.
Interview with electrical engineer, Eric Ash