Brief Biography

After obtaining my Honours BSc in Chemistry (with Astronomy and Mathematics) at the University of Leicester in 1971, I stayed on there to do research in computational quantum theory completing my PhD in 1976. Between 1975 and 1987 I held the posts of Program Advisor, then Senior Analyst/Programmer, then Assistant Director (Science & Engineering) in the Computing Centre (now IT Services) at King's College London. In 1987 I was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science (now Informatics) at King's College, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 1994.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), A Chartered IT Professional (CITP), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a European Engineer (EurIng), a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA), a Chartered Mathematician (CMath), and a Chartered Scientist (CSci). I have also been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who's Who in Science in Engineering.

Avocations. My main interests outside KCL are currrently:

Shotokan crescent kick

In July-August 2006, I accepted an invitation to study for a month with Sifu Shi Xing Ming at the Chanwu Gongfu Academy some 30 km south of Dengfeng in Henan Province, China. As well as learning traditional northern shaolin Gongfu forms I also had the opportunity to study a Yang style Taichi form and to practise Zuo Chan (seated meditation). In addition I was able to visit many cultural sites near Dengfeng, Luoyang and Xi'an. A brief account of my stay is available here. Altogether I have made four visits to mainland China, visiting the northern shaolin temple in Henan Province, the three extant southern shaolin temples in Fujian Province, and Wudangshan in Hubei Province (claimed to be the birth-place of Chinese internal martial arts) since July 2006. A short account of the four shaolin temple visits is available here.

Shaolin dragon hands