Oral history of British science
Aderin-Pocock, Maggie (6 of 14). An Oral History of British Science
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Space Science and Engineering
2013-08-15, 2013-08-22, 2013-09-26, 2014-01-14, 2014-02-13, 2014-04-03
British Library, London
Aderin-Pocock, Maggie, 1968- (speaker, female)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 6: Continues story of beginnings of HHLMD project manager job. Comments on relations with boss in HHLMD project. Story of involvement in filming at CTF of item on HHLMDs for BBC TV programme ‘Tomorrow’s World’. Mentions visits to CTF of politicians and [Executive Chairman] of DERA [then QinetiQ], John Chisholm [JC]; JC’s positive review of/support for own role as presenter of/spokesperson for HHLMD project, including own boss’ negative reaction to this. [4:45] Comments on applications for other jobs, due to bullying behaviour of boss. Story of application/interview for job involving telescope at La Palma, Canary Islands. [7:24] Story of successful application for job [02/1999-04/2004] as project manager, Mullard Space Science Laboratory [MSSL] (but based in Department of Physics, University College London [UCL]). Comments on focus of project, involving development of spectrograph for Gemini South [GS] telescope, Chile, South America.
Life story interview with space scientist and television presenter, Maggie Aderin-Pocock.