Oral history of British science

Aderin-Pocock, Maggie (11 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 11: Description of MSSL. [4:12] Comments on boss and colleagues at MSSL, including head of physics and astronomy department, Len Culhane. [6:51] Positive comments on relations with colleagues, including Mark Cropper. Comments on own first experience of working as project manager on space (rather than ground based) instrumentation. [09:44] Mentions continuing work related to BHROS. Description of work involved in MSSL/Alcatel bid for JWST instrument project. [12:31] Detailed story of procurement of heat tubes for Aeolus satellite space camera, at Sira. Mentions Peltier cooler. [20:44] Brief comments on relations with UCL workshop. Description of process of encouraging Sira engineers to focus on own project. [24:18] Comments on experience of being only ‘technical woman’ and ‘only Black person’ at Sira, including story of being repeatedly interrupted in Sira interview by particular employee, who also made negative comments about self in writing (discovered later when Sira personnel files were released). [26:03] Mentions ‘more women’ at MSSL (than Sira), but similar lack of ethnic diversity. [26:17] Further comments on/discussion of feelings about Sira employee who appeared to have negative impressions/appraisal of self.

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    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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