No detail too small

A while back, I wrote about the attention to detail exhibited by American nuclear pioneer Walter Zinn, noting how he complained about stray dogs on the grounds of laboratory. Well, Christopher Hinton, the builder of early British reactors, had a similar bent. Here’s a memo he sent in October 1955:

The corridors from 5.10 p.m. onwards are once again crowded with people leaving work before time. As most of these are women I imagine that they come from your two departments. Will you let me know what you are doing about this please. May I have an assurance that conditions are not equally bad at the other end of the day.


Hinton, Christopher. 1955. Hinton to Shirlaw, Oct. 26, 1955. AB 19/16, National Archives, Kew, United Kingdom.