WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Ealing, West London.
WHAT WAS YOUR CHILDHOOD LIKE? It was spent largely during the Second World War when times were hard, probably more austere than it has been for the past five years, but I remember it being a happy one, though we were not a well-off family so we had to make do, which teaches you some good lessons in life.
TELL US A CHILDHOOD MEMORY When I was aged about 18 months, being terrified at a zoo when a parrot shrieked at me. I can still visualize it.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU LEFT SCHOOL? Originally I planned to study pharmacy, which my best friend eventually studied, but when I casually asked what else might be interesting as a career, he mentioned that an uncle of his was a metallurgist. I promptly researched this subject and decided to pursue it.
HOW DID YOUR CAREER AND LIFE PROGRESS? I studied metallurgy at Birmingham University, graduating in 1958, and stayed on to do research that led to a PhD in 1961. I spent a short time as a research fellow then joined GKN Research Laboratory in Wolverhampton for a few years. In 1965 I changed jobs to become a lecturer (in time rising to principal lecturer) at Wednesbury Technical College, which eventually became Sandwell College. I taught metallurgy there for thirty years, retiring in 1995.
WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO WRITE? In later life I wrote some technical articles that were published. As I had been interested in 3D photography from childhood days I decided to write a book on that subject when I retired. I knew little about the theory of the subject but studied relevant literature and other books and, rather arrogantly I suppose, decided to do a better job than others had achieved. The book was self-published as most photographic publishers were concerned at losing money for a rather specialist subject. From 2001 until now I sold about 350 copies, largely in the USA.
TELL US ABOUT THE NEW BOOK AND HOW IT CAME ABOUT Martin Richardson, professor of Holography at De Montfort University in Leicester, had bought a copy of my book and liked it enough to ask me to contribute to a new one covering not only stereo photography but holography and 3D TV. I was pleased to do so and I have provided two chapters, one on binocular vision theory and the other on stereo photography for the production of 3D images using analogue (film) and digital techniques.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? Seeing my family develop over the years, their successes and how they cope with life's problems.
DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS? Yes, I think I could have paid much more attention to my children when they were younger. I am trying to make up for it in later life.