Oral history of British science

Aderin-Pocock, Maggie (3 of 14). An Oral History of British Science

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  • 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 3: Description of instrument/operation of instrument to measure thickness of microscopically thin layers of oil between moving parts, [talking to daughter] including development of instrument to measure thinner layers (from 20 nm to 5nm), using coating of silica. Comments on own role in development of coatings (related to previous experience in telescope construction/refinement) and software. [8:39] Comments on others working in laboratory during PhD. Mentions visits to the pub. Description of work on visits to Shell and BP to demonstrate/maintain instruments. Comments on consideration of work in oil company following PhD. [12:55] [speaking to daughter] Story of beginning to tell friends/colleagues about ambition to become an astronaut, encouraged by progress in PhD. [14:56] Mentions experience of working in male-dominated/all-male environments during degree and PhD. Comments on perception of research departments of oil companies as somewhat static/focused, involving individuals working in similar roles for very extended periods; own wish to pursue more varied career.

  • Description

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

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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