|Desmond John Kempson|
|Nicknames||Odd Bod, Disco Des|
|Born||1927 (age 92–93)|
|Education||St Paul's Cheltenham; London (BSc 1967)|
|Roles||Head of Science|
|Years at BGS||1973-c1987|
|Notable work(s)||Radio and Electronics Society, Astronomical Society|
|Children||Alison; S Kempson|
Desmond John Kempson was a teacher of Physics at Boston Grammar School (1973-c1987).
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 it's 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.