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Interviews with Paul Cass and Sir Francis Graham Smith, 1985-07-09 - 1985-12-15

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 86/2/2

Scope and Contents

Side A: Paul Cass talking about site testing on La Palma. Cass was the Executive Officer. Includes: details of the sites he worked on; the team working on La Palma, what they did, observations, working system, living conditions on the island; details of other people working on La Palma; problems and dangers encountered on the island; the attitude of the local people to the team; description of observing there; international cooperation in the site testing program. Interviewed on 9 July 1985. Duration: 44 minutes (approx.).

Side B: Sir Francis Graham Smith, Astronomer Royal, talking about the plans and negotiations for the La Palma site. Includes: background on the site testing of La Palma; initial negotiations to test full on La Palma; international agreements on the La Palma Observatory; his approach to the planning and negotiations; the establishment of the Project team at RGO; the decision-making structure; liaison with IAU and the SERC. 15 Dec. 1985. Duration: 45 minutes (approx.).


  • Creation: 1985-07-09 - 1985-12-15


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1 cassette(s) (1 compact cassette tape) : audio tape

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

TDK D90 cassette tape

Former / Other Reference

RGO 86/3-4 & NHO 3/1-4/1

Finding aid date

2015-03-18 14:32:26+00:00

Repository Details

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