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.
In 2014 I am delighted to have
been awarded a medal by the ASME's (American Society of
Ralph Coats Roe Medal recognizes outstanding
contributions toward a better public understanding and
appreciation of the engineer’s worth to contemporary society.
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.
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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