RE: SIS PHD Passed

Adams, Ernest (
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 16:26:09 -0800

Philip H. J. Davies wrote:

>> I hope that you will all be pleased to hear that my PhD thesis on the SIS,
>> 'Organisational Development of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service
>> 1909-1979' was defended last Thursday with success.
>> The viva (defence) lasted 50 minutes, the second shortest viva in the
>> history of the department, the thesis was passed 'without corrections'.
>Congratulations! But did you notice any inconspicuous men hanging around
>taking photographs of everyone who came and went?
>Your viva committee probably took so little time because they couldn't
>demonstrate a "need to know"...
>Good luck getting it published. It sounds like required reading for anyone
>who wants to write anything, truth or fiction, about Britain and the Cold
>Ernest Adams