I am highly Honoured to have been awarded the ASME's
(American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
Ralph Coats Roe Medal which recognizes outstanding
contributions toward a better public understanding and appreciation of
the engineerís worth to contemporary society. I was presented with the award at the ASME
International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Montreal
in November 2014.
I am a freelance
writer and photographer, I have written
many books about Science and History. I
do some broadcasting on radio and television.
I like working from home, often with a cat helping on my desk. When I
have to travel I like to do it by bike and train.
The Science Book - BIG Ideas
Simply Explained (Dorling Kindersley) July 2014. I
was the Consultant Editor and I also wrote about one
fifth of the content. of the book.
I have written lots of
other books about Science and history. Visit my
Books Page to see the full
list. Some of my work is also available on
DVD and some of my
books are also available as
e-books for Kindle.
My new hobby - Green
My latest hobby is green woodworking,
here is a bowl I made recently and some chairs. There are
lots more photographs of things I have made on my
Woodwork page, along with some useful links if you are interested in
The Science Museum
In March 2011, I opened a new Exhibition at The Science
Museum entitled "James Watt and our World". This brilliant exhibit features Watt's original workshop, completely reassembled and moved to the Science Museum in London. Watch
video about it on YouTube.
Promotional Film for BP
Click here to
see a recent film
I made for BP about carbon offsetting.
Why I support the Historic
Albert was a champion of Victorian innovation and industry - and
apparently very fond of gadgets! In
this video I championed the campaign to transform Kensington Palace by
2012. I tell you a bit more about my love of the Victorians - and
explain why we should all play a part in the palace's future.
not an inventor and I have no mechanism for helping inventors.
you need help with patenting please approach the Patent Office. Or if you want advice and information about
developing ideas, why not approach