Research intelligence: Gifts for posterity

An oral history project is interviewing the stars of UK science and their unsung supporting acts. Zoë Corbyn writes

Their work has saved lives, delivered the information age and forewarned humanity of impending global catastrophe. But until now, the personal stories of many of Britain’s most eminent scientists have remained untold.

Now a project is under way to interview the UK’s leading scientific lights and their supporting acts, preserving their thoughts for posterity.

The British Library’s Oral History of British Science project aims to document the stories of 200 well-known scholars, as well as lower-profile scientists and technicians.

It is the first comprehensive programme of its kind and is being led by Rob Perks, oral history curator at the British Library, and Katrina Dean, the library’s curator of the history of science.

Read full story in the Times Higher Education.

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