I was born and bred in Yorkshire, an English county renowned for its blunt no-nonsense approach to all things. I am no exception, for I was taught to distrust ideas that could not be supported by evidence, whatever the elevated authority of origin, and it has served me well.
Communication in one sort or another, has been a cornerstone of my life, both personal and technological. In my previous career as a research scientist I wrote and published many articles and papers. Most were technical, but a few were science history. I have always had a passion to conceptually understand things, and became a research scientist at a time when it was fun. I love exploring wide ranging new ideas, the evidence being the hundred patents I have been granted over the years.
I want to share ideas too. The power of words fascinates me, especially in explaining new concepts in the simplest of ways. I helped establish a local Cafe Scientifique, to provide regular talks on science-related topics, all aimed towards the general public.
Having been deeply involved in the invention and development of optical fibre communication from the very start, I have written about and and given talks on its history, how it made the World Wide Web possible.
Fortunately I also enjoy writing poetry and prose about things that touch me emotionally, and this provides a valuable counterbalance to all the "head stuff". Whatever I am writing, there is no more exciting feeling for me, than the rush of energy that flows from my body down through my arms and fingers to the keyboard when I find myself possessed by an idea that will not let me rest.