I was born on 4 July 1943, and I work as a freelance photographer,
writer and broadcaster. For more information about the
Hart-Davis family see www.hd.org
I live in Devon with my wife, psychologist
Before presenting, I spent five years in publishing
17 years at Yorkshire Television, as researcher and
producer of such series as Scientific Eye and
Arthur C Clarke’s
World of Strange Powers.
I am a
member of societies as diverse as:
Toilet Association, the
Bureau of Freelance
Newcomen Society, and
Society of Dyers and Colourists; and a Patron of
more, from the
Steam Engine Society and the
Ellenroad Steam Mill Engine
and the Bognor Birdman. See my
Organizations page for the full list.
I have collected fourteen honorary doctorates, a Medal
from the Royal Academy of Engineering for the Public Promotion of Engineering,
the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation Medal from the Institution
of Incorporated Engineers, and the 1999 Gerald Frewer memorial
trophy of the Council of Engineering Designers.
I am a keen supporter of several
charities, including Wateraid
and Practical Action.
I like to go
every summer, if I can, to a woodwork course in Clissett Wood,
west of the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire (see
I have so far made two chairs and a bench, two tables, a roof
for my straw-bale urinal, a folding tray for carrying tea to the
bedroom and the garden, a bird table, and a hat stand.
I love cooking
and have attended some marvellous cookery Courses at the
Ashburton Cookery School in Devon. I made some splendid
curries after attending the most recent course "Authentic Indian
How Joseph Priestley changed my life ...
In the summer of 1990 I
was a producer at Yorkshire Television. On 7 August
I bought a mountain bike and started riding from my home in
Heckmondwike to the office in Leeds. One day I was staggering up the
long hill from Birstall to Drighlington when I spotted a blue
plaque on what turned out to be Field Head Farm, almost overhanging the M62. Having discovered
that this was Joseph Priestley’s
birth place, I then found that he had spent his teenage years with his
Aunt at the Old Hall in Heckmondwicke, which had become my local pub, and had
discovered oxygen as a result of watching the beer brewing in a brewery in Leeds. This was the beginning of Local Heroes; so
Joseph Priestley changed my life.
And a letter published in the Daily Telegraph!
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