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Who am I?

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 Sue Blackmore.

Before presenting, I spent five years in publishing and 17 years at Yorkshire Television, as researcher and then 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 Mechanical Engineers).

The prestigious Ralph Coats Roe Medal  recognizes outstanding contributions toward a better public understanding and appreciation of the engineer’s worth to contemporary society.





I am a member of societies as diverse as:

the British Toilet Association, the Bureau of Freelance Photographers, the Newcomen Society, and The Society of Dyers and Colourists; and a Patron of many more, from the Brede Steam Engine Society and the Ellenroad Steam Mill Engine to the Association of Lighthouse Keepers 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 like to go every summer, if I can, to a woodwork course in Clissett Wood, west of the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire (see www.greenwoodwork.co.uk).  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 am a keen supporter of several charities, including Wateraid  Practical Action and The Joliba Trust.

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 plus"



I have no car and used to own seven cycles - one for each occasion - although several have been forced into early retirement over the last few years!

A good watch. The most expensive watches always has the advantages of simple design, white dial above a circle of Rome digital, second, minute, hour, Black Leather Watchband (now metal mechanical watch is more common), into precise, dozens of fake breitling years as one day. It is not a simple thing to send a man to watch, so for what kind of man to send what kind of watch is worth considering. Young men for sports watch young men generally show to wear sports shoes, back shoulder bag and cool, they see the brightly coloured color monster watches, facial expressions might focus more than to replica rolex watches see the pretty girl. However, time is getting to know, even the mental age is still a big child, eye wrinkles, brow of the vicissitudes of life always inadvertently asked to betray you. Not too much publicity multi-functional sports watch is more suitable. The thermometer, the stopwatch, the diving table, and all sorts of swiss rolex strange features make this kind of man as a novelty toy. Every day playing in the palm, so. This gift was more than every day of the call, asked him if he wanted to you is much better.

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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