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within two days of the discovery of the pion; also a good year
for Margaux and QED.
now occupied by the Peoples Republic of China
the dirtiest hole on earth (according to a letter from Engels to Marx);
escaped regularly to Eryri (the Mountains of Longing).
Youth member of the United National Independence
Party of Zambia, 1964-5.
Soixantehuitard, among dreaming spires;
studied physics, but supposedly a Master of Arts.
Thesis: Electromagnetic properties of the nucleon
did not get me a
SLAC, Stanford (1971-3): forced to visit a score of National Parks
CERN, Geneva (1973-4): twisted ankle for the glory of DIV.TH
Balliol, Oxford (1974-5): fared better than Jude the Obscure
Margaret and I met in Fern Canyon, near Eureka, and camped
under the tallest tree in the world, in 1972.
We wed in Coventry, in 1975.
Results: comparable to auspicious discovery method.
Also nurtured by:
Stephen (born 1977): family personnel and sales manager
Peter (born 1980): family system manager
Lecturer; then Senior Lecturer; then Reader; now Visiting Reader in Physics,
at the Open University.
Career total of physics undergraduates taught on campus: 0.
Maths (never learnt properly, else it would become hard work);
poetry (own and others);
red Bordeaux (which failing plain Cabernet Sauvignon will do);
protecting local schools from politicians.
Apologia pro Vita Sua
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25 January 2015