Oral history of British science
Humphrey, Nicholas (3 of 13). An Oral History of British Science
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2016-05-24, 2016-05-31, 2016-06-02, 2016-07-05
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Humphrey, Nicholas, 1943- (speaker, male)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 3: Comments of A Levels, entry to Trinity College [TC], Cambridge with scholarships. Story of tearing up WS 'Ellershaw Scholarship' certificate, suggesting complicated feelings about this achievement. Further comments on experiences as laboratory assistant at the Marine Biological Association [MBA] between WS and TC. Story of painting CND symbols on barracks near MBA; decision to live on 5 shillings a week. Comments on relations with MBA biologist Eric Denton, with stories; reading of books on biological evolution here. [8:36] Comments on reasons for changing from Mathematics to Natural Sciences Tripos at UOC, with focus on physiology and psychology in Part 2 (with brief comments on reasons for choosing psychology over philosophy).
Life story interview with Professor of Psychology Dr Nicholas Humphrey