Rydal School, St Andrews and Sussex Universities. B.Sc and D.Phil in optical physics. C.Phys
Thinking I could never be an academic physicist because I did not understand quantum mechanics, I started working for a hydraulic accumulator manfacturer in a company some friends and I had started. A crash course in reality.
I was then employed by ICI plc in their corporate research laboratories, I worked mainly on plastics development, this phrase covering a surprisingly wide assemblage of chemical and physical techniques. So now I did not understand both quantum mechanics and valence theory, but I was becoming a much better experimenter - you should see the chemistry set....
Later I worked on manufacturing plant which required physics, chemistry and engineering. The downside was that if you didn't get it right the plant started losing money and you got your bottom kicked. It was much more fun and led me to the first of several trips to Russia.
Subsequently I worked at Cosworth Engineering and at BAE Systems plc on the design of submarine propulsion systems. More trips to Russia; also to India, Indonesia and Korea.
I was fascinated by physics from an early age; through circumstance, I have a good knowledge of chemistry and engineering; interdisciplinary projects interest me.
I am married to a Russian woman, speak Russian and have numerous contacts in St Petersburg, Russia.
I live near Preston, Lancashire in the United Kingdom.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
How animals, and particularly migrating birds, manage the navigation during their migrations.
I spent a long time, starting in 1995, studying what was known. During this period I became irritated by authors writing papers which did not cover all the known phenomenology and then writing at the end something like "birds have multi-modal capabilities."
I became rather fixated on the idea that there must be one method for all birds and, in the event, it seems as though I was right; but in a rather convoluted way.
Eventually I thought of a method, the ALFIC system which seemed as though it would work for land birds. The problem was that it couldn't work for ocean dwelling, pelagic, birds and so violated my "one method for all" idea that I had become glued to.
Even worse, when I asked a very few leaders in the field if they would comment they either did not reply or ignored what I said and referred me to some other research altogether.
I'm afraid that I rather chickened out and published the idea in a small book; this was really just to maintain priority of ideas.
Then after some further time I thought of something that might work for sea birds if only the quantities could be measured by a bird. If they could then the sea bird problem became almost trivial.
I call this the DGF method.
MY OTHER RESEARCH INTEREST
I had an interest from when I was about 15 years old in how changes of phase took place. How vapours condensed, solids melted and so on.
I had had the good fortune to have a most distinguished physics teacher at school, a Dr K G Britton, who at one time had three full professors of physics amongst his former pupils. He pointed out that some things didn't seem to work the way theory indicated.
When I started working in industrial chemistry and had got a lot better at the mathematics of phase change, I lost all faith in the theory.
Theory, by and large, is ignored in chemical plants : We look up the desired value in one or more weighty manuals such as Perry and Chilton's "The Chemical Engineers' Handbook".
I have an outline idea about phase changes, but I can't get the arithmetic to work.
I am hoping the penny will drop one day soon.
I am the Leader in a small Think Tank.
This has the form of a company called Tushino Ltd and it is a vehicle for the research and commercial endeavours of myself and partners.
ONE THING BAFFLES ME...
How a "quantum computer" is supposed to operate
I am not talking about the hardware which is understandably tricky. Assuming the hardware is reliably working, how is the system supposed to do all these myriad calculations in the blink of an eye. I have now asked everyone I know, asked my Professional Society to publish a short essay and so on and on. No-one seems to have the foggiest idea. Answers on a post card, please...