the 'About me' Page
My numerous interests are
wide-ranging from composing music, watching ice hockey,
genealogy, to the
study of glaciers. My favourite country to visit is
I became Editor of 'The
Astronomer', a monthly magazine for active observers of
the night sky, in 1975 and still hold this post 34 years later
which shows it is dangerous to volunteer!
In 1976 I formed the UK Nova/Supernova
patrol to encourage amateur astronomers to search for these
exploding stars. The numerous successes using both simple
binoculars and more advanced electronic telescopes means the
project appeals to many observers. If you are interested in
more detail go to the 'contact me'
From 2001 to 2003, I was President of the British
Astronomical Association and earlier, in June 1998,
received the Walter Goodacre Medal from the Association .
In October 2005 I received an award from
the Royal Astronomical Society (professional astronomers) for
services to astronomy.
My main aim has been to
promote active observing of the night sky. Regular meetings are
held and you may be interested in a new initiative, the launch
of observers' workshops
My genealogy studies started in 2000 at
the request of my wife's relatives who are mainly based in
Lincolnshire. I have so far linked details of nearly 1000 ancestors
mainly by studying films of parish registers which seem a
reliable source. By co-incidence I have found that the Rev.
Espin, a famous astronomer is a very distant relative of my
wife's so two hobbies seem to have unexpectedly
Updated March 6, 2009