British civilian worked as Scientific Officer with at National Physical Laboratory at Teddington, GB, 1996-2004; instrumentation scientist with Facility for Atmospheric Airborne Management at Cranfield in GB, 2004-2007
REEL 1 Background in Leicester and Barnstable, GB, 1975: family; father's employment; early interest in science including construction of hot air balloons and kites; electronic kits; education; further details of interest in science; construction of electronic dog scarcer; listening to police radio and aircraft on scanner radio; parent's employment.
REEL 2 Continues: father's fostering of his interest in science; taking Physics degree at Warwick University; nature by third year degree project at Warwick University. Aspects of employment as Scientific Officer at National Physical Laboratory at Teddington, GB, 1996-2004: obtaining employment, 8/1996; attitude to working at laboratory; work as Scientific Officer on emissions; monitoring toxic emissions from cement works at Clitheroe; work on gasses.
REEL 3 Continues: organisation of monitoring and measuring air emissions; location of monitoring sites in London area; further details of measuring air emissions; attitude to work across GB; pattern of career; reasons for leaving National Physical Laboratory; project to develop a method of measuring water vapour; origins of National Physical Laboratory; work of the National Physical Laboratory; character of team; life in London.
REEL 4 Continues: Recollections of period as instrumentation scientist with Facility for Atmospheric Airborne Management at Cranfield, GB, 2004-2007: obtaining employment with Facility for Atmospheric Airborne Management; character of facility; organisation of and personnel of the facility; arrival at Cranfield; reasons for regulation of operations; calibrating temperature instruments on aircraft; specification work on navigational system for facilities BAE 146; importance of measuring effects of wind; role improving measurements taken from the aircraft; use of development grants to fund purchase of equipment; difficulty of making accurate measurements in aircraft; use of system for launching measurement capsules from back of aircraft.
REEL 5 Continues: problems of obtaining accurate information from capsules; method of launching capsules; fate of capsules on landing; method of obtaining air samples; problems with ice and condensation in aircraft blocking sensors; solving problems with aircraft; work on mountain rotars turbulence in Sierra Nevada mountains; organisation of a projects; preparations for carrying out projects; shipping of aircraft and crew to area of operations; scientific personnel and crew on board aircraft; his work on board aircraft.
REEL 6 Continues: making observation runs; working on board aircraft; importance of communication on aircraft; debriefing after operation; obtaining samples of emissions during oil refinery fire at Bunsfield, 2006; flying suits worn; nature of aircraft's interior; number and type of current projects, 2007; character of overseas and operations in GB; use of spare time and recreational activities; relationships within the team; nature of African projects, 2006; flying through dust storm.
REEL 7 Continues: forthcoming project in Iceland; question of possibility of doing research; storage of data; personal project to make cider; solving problems that occur during projects; support available for work.