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Archive tells stories behind discoveries

The British Library has collated more than 1,000 hours of unedited interviews with scientists active from 1940 to 2013 in an online archive called Voices of Science.

The scientists, from a range of disciplines, can be heard talking about their discoveries and memories. For example, Joseph Farman tells the story of finding the ‘hole’ in the ozone layer, and Mary Lee Berners-Lee talks about computer programming in the 1950s.

Rob Perks, lead curator of oral history at the British Library, said in a statement that the archive provides insight into the interviewees’ lives as well as their scientific knowledge: “What makes them tick? What in their childhoods and education made them scientists?”

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