Oral history of British science

Aderin-Pocock, Maggie (5 of 14). An Oral History of British Science

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  • Subjects

    Space Science and Engineering

  • Recording date

    2013-08-15, 2013-08-22, 2013-09-26, 2014-01-14, 2014-02-13, 2014-04-03

  • Recording locations

    British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Aderin-Pocock, Maggie, 1968- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 5: Further comments on feelings of intimidation during visits to boss’ boss, DERA. Comments on reasons for applying for promotion at DERA (Higher Scientific Officer – Senior Scientific Officer), moving [in 1997] from MWS project to hand-held land mine detector [HHLMD] project. Mentions Princess Diana’s campaign against use of land mines, with associated media interest. [3:07] [interruption] Story of development of own confidence during MWS project. Description of role as project manager in MWS project, involving calibration of cameras and other equipment, fieldwork to collect data, liaison with various contractors and branches of MOD, documentation/report writing. [6:44] Comments on own feelings about working for MOD on military technology. [9:19] Description of MWS fieldwork involving photography from aircraft of missile plumes, including story of airworthiness testing/training at RAE. [13:21] Mentions sites of MWS work. Story of periods of work at Woomera Test Range, South Australia. [16:50] Story of beginnings of HHLMD project manager job [02/97], based at Chobham tank factory [CTF], Chobham, Surrey.

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    Life story interview with space scientist and television presenter, Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

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