Who am I?

Many of the things in this blog may contradict what you believe you learned in school or the impressions you gain about science from newspapers, the television and some books.

So I’ve written this section in an attempt to persuade you that my blog may still be worth thinking about.

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I was born in Ashford (Kent) in England. I now live in the South of France with my wife. We have two grownup sons who live in England and Scotland.

I started to learn about science at Ashford Grammar School (now called Norton Knatchbull School) and Queen Mary University of London.

I have researched and/or taught science and engineering in:

  • England (King’s College London, University of Oxford, University of Manchester, University of Birmingham)
  • USA (Purdue University)
  • Scotland (University of Aberdeen).

I no longer work full-time but am Visiting/Emeritus Professor at:

  • Imperial College London
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University (China)
  • University of Birmingham.

I have given short course on science-related topics at:

  • Taylor’s University (Malaysia)
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University (China)
  • Newcastle University Institute (Singapore).

I have written/co-written about 280 scientific publications that have been cited in the scientific literature over 11 000 times (http://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=lq5Mc-YAAAAJ&hl=en).

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.