In his final few years with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Christopher Hinton, reactor building supremo, an engineer’s engineer, found himself away from his drafting table and either selling reactors or behind a lectern. In late 1955, he logged in his diary:
Did a paper for AEA on Graphite supplies & then started trying to get my . . . lecture into shape – it isn’t in a form which I could present. I worked on it until I felt quite sick & then went home to worry about it there & take a tablet before I could sleep – curse all lecturing.
Hinton, Christopher. 1955. Hinton diary 1955. Folder “A.41”, Box “Hinton of Bankside – A.32 – A.45, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London.