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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt
RLIN number: NXCP87-A197
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Childhood and education, Scotland; meteorological work, World War I; radio and static studies, direction finders; Department of Scientific and Industrial Research; studies of nature of atmospherics; simultaneity of technical developments; memorandum on detection of radiation, 1935; Baudsie Manor, training observers, operation research; political pressures; Air Ministry staff, 1936; airborne radar; recruiting young scientists; United States interest in radar; planned position indicator; target finding, H2S; "Window"; interallied intelligence missions; secondary radar devices; Telecommunications Research Establishment; V-1 and V-2 raids; Royal Commission on awards to inventors; impressions of many political and military figures, notably Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Stafford Cripps, Frederick Lindemann, Henry Tizard, Ernest Rutherford, Arthur Balfour, Richard Haldane.
Extent: Transcript: 568 leaves, Tape: 2 reels
Restrictions: Access: Open. Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1980. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information. Microfiche copy available for purchase. (Columbia University oral history collection, part IV, published by Meckler Publishing, Westport, CT).
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1961 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Watson-Watt, Sir Robert Alexander, 1892-1973
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1892
Speaker occupation: Meteorologist; Radio physicist
Age at speaking: 69
Document date: 1961
Interviewer: Mason, John T., 1909-
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Europe; United Kingdom
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Europe; Physicists--Great Britain; United Kingdom; World War II, 1939-1945
Topics discussed - Other terms: Great Britain--Politics and government--1936-1945; Meteorologists, Great Britain; Physicists, Great Britain; Radar defense networks; Radar--Great Britain; Watson-Watt, Robert Alexander, Sir, 1892-1973; World War, 1939-1945--Communications
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0017898-13341