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Rocket Science

Peter Mansfield

in The Long Road to Stockholm

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199664542
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758461 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664542.003.0002
Rocket Science

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The war was over and the author had started secondary school at Peckham Central, but after one year, due to the 1944 Education Act, he continued his schooling at a new Secondary Modern School. Towards the end of his school days, Mr Light, the French master encouraged him to take up a pen friend in France. This he did and ended up visiting the Cailly family in Quend Fort, Mahon in 1950. After leaving school he took a job in the printing trade, initially in bookbinding then later in type setting as a compositor. He also started evening classes at the Borough Polytechnic studying for his GCE. After a couple of years he joined the Rocket Propulsion Department at Westcott, near Aylesbury. At age 19 he was conscripted into the Army for National Service where he met Roy Wallis who had similar interests to his own in rocket propulsion. Following National Service he returned to Westcott and look his A-Levels, part-time, passing all three, Maths, Pure and Applied Physics together with O-Level Chemistry in 1955.

Keywords: secondary school; bookbinding and printing trade; Rocket Propulsion Department; National Service; A-Levels; University

Chapter.  6268 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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