Sound and vision blog

28 May 2014

Diverse lives in science online

 Dr Paul Merchant, interviewer for An Oral History of British Science, writes:

Interviewee Mah Hussain-Gambles (left) as a child in Islamabad, role-playing Star Trek. 

Today five new life story interviews appear on the Oral History of British Science section of British Library Sounds: metallurgist Harry Bhadeshia, computational chemist Saiful Islam, pharmacologist and entrepreneur Mah Hussain-Gambles, food scientist Charlotte Armah and electronics engineer Jo Shien Ng.  All were interviewed for the project Inspiring Scientists: Diversity in British Science – a collaboration between National Life Stories at the British Library and The Royal Society.  Inspiring Scientists has recorded the life stories of ten British scientists with minority ethnic heritage.  Interviewees range from Professors to PhD students and the focus on science is wide, covering academia, big industry and individual entrepreneurship.  Short films, also produced by National Life Stories at the British Library, will be released from today by The Royal Society:

In the following clip from his life story interview, Harry Bhadeshia tells the story of the development of the world’s strongest armour – Super Bainite:

Professor Harry Bhadeshia

Today’s five new interviews add to the collection of over 100 life story interviews with scientists recorded in recent years by National Life Stories at the British Library.  The full collection can be explored on the British Library website Voices of Science.


Dr Paul Merchant
An Oral History of British Science
National Life Stories


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