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David Fishlock Collection

A collection of the papers and correspondence of David Fishlock (1932-2009), science journalist and writer.


Sketch of David Fishlock taken from 'R & D Efficiency' (Fishlock Collection)
Sketch of David Fishlock taken from 'R & D Efficiency' (Fishlock Collection)

Born in Bath, David Jocelyn Fishlock attended Bristol College of Technology, qualifying as a chemist. After National Service in Hong Kong he spent several years working for Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co before beginning his career as a technical journalist with McGraw-Hill and then the New Scientist.

In 1967 he was appointed science editor of the Financial Times. During the next 24 years, until his retirement in 1991, he covered a vast range of science and technology topics from factory automation to transplant surgery, displaying a talent for presenting complex scientific and technological ideas with a clarity readily understood by a wide audience. He was well-known for his long-standing support of the nuclear power industry and engaged in public debate with environmental campaigners. He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bath in 1993.

The collection comprises notebooks, draft papers and correspondence documenting David Fishlock's journalistic work, writings and research interests. It also contains material relating to R & D Efficiency, a monthly newsletter focusing on best practices in industrial research and development management, founded and published by Fishlock.

The collection was donated to the University of Bath by the Fishlock family in 2011.

The collection is not yet fully catalogued. Please email the University Archivist for further details.

Size: 30 boxes (approx).


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