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Islam, Saiful (6 of 8) Oral History of British Science

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    Department of Chemistry, University of Bath

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    Islam, Saiful, 1963-(speaker, male)

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    Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)

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    Part 6: Further comments on occasions when others have assumed own Muslin faith as a result of own surname. Detailed comments on feelings about own name, including reasons for giving own children Gita’s surname ‘Sunthankar’. [3:31] Comments on lack of awareness of effect of own ethnic background (positive or negative) on career; recent Home Office study suggesting that job applications from applicants with a name suggestive of ethnic minority heritage tend to be less successful that those from applicants with ‘Anglo-Saxon’ names; similar findings for male and female names. [6:24] Comments on involvement in Equality and Diversity Advisory Network of the Royal Society; underrepresentation of particular ethnic groups in scientific careers. [9:51] Mentions marriage to Gita, 2003; birth of daughter 2002; birth of son 2004. Comments on effect on working life of becoming a father, including brief description of days involving school-runs and work; sharing of domestic work with Gita. [13:37] Comments on children’s understanding of/interest in/exposure to own work. [16:04] Story of decision to apply/application for professorship in computational chemistry at University of Bath [UOB], 2005. Comments on own research on materials for lithium ion batteries [LIB]. [20:48] Story of origin (while still at UOS) of computing modelling of movement of lithium ions through LIB materials, including lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4), including more general comments on role of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in research careers of more senior scientists. Comments on applications for funding of PhD/postdoctoral positions; EPSRC Supergen (Sustainable Power Generation) programme of funding, with ‘energy storage consortium’ [ESC] led by Peter Bruce [PB], University of St Andrews; collaboration with PB. [25:35] Continues story of successful application for professorship, UOB. Comments on two-bedroom flat in Balham, London from which own family moved to Bath

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    Interview with Professor of Computational Materials, Saiful Islam

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