|Desmond John Kempson|
|Nicknames||Odd Bod, Disco Des|
1927 (age 94–95)|
Walsall, West Midlands
|Education||St Paul's College Cheltenham (c1952); London (BSc 1967)|
|Roles||Head of Science|
|Years at BGS||1973-c1987|
|Notable work(s)||Astronomical Society, Physics and Engineering Films, Radio and Electronics Society|
|Spouse||Janet W Done|
|Children||Alison; S Kempson|
Desmond John Kempson was a teacher of Physics at Boston Grammar School (1973-c1987).
He served in the army in India. Before arriving at BGS he had spent ten years at Louth Grammar School followed by four years in the Head of Science post at Chipping Camden Comprehensive School. He took up the new role of Head of Science at BGS.
The following catalogue of disasters in Desmond Kempson's Physics classes was supplied by Pat Everitt.
- while demonstrating centripetal force with a bucket of water, the handle broke;
- while demonstrating how friction generates heat by running Andrew Elsom up and down the bench, the subject's head became impaled on a gas tap;
- someone dropped the glass bottled Radon generator, smashing it and causing radio-active powder to go everywhere. The laboratory was evacuated;
- Mr Kempson touched the Van de Graaff generator to prove how quickly it lost its charge, but not on this occasion;
- someone dropped a bottle of mercury which vanished into the floor and appeared a bit later in the chemistry labs via the ceiling. The laboratory was evacuated;
- while electroplating items with copper sulphate someone used a (mainly magnesium) pencil sharpener, thus causing a chemical reaction that quickly filled the entire laboratory with hydrogen. The laboratory was evacuated.