I was born in Bristol, England, in 1937
and educated at Cotham Grammar School,
Bristol, and the University of
Southampton, finally graduating in 1963
with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
From 1963 to 1971, I was Technical
Director of Westwind Air Bearings Ltd.,
a manufacturer of precision high speed
bearings for the computer manufacturing
industry. During this period I published
two books: Gas Lubrication with Dr N
S Grassam (Butterworths, 1963) and
The Design of Aerostatic Bearings
(Machinery Publishing Co., 1970).
Career in Ghana
In February 1971, I took up a post at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, where in January 1972 I was appointed the first director of the Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC). I started a grassroots industrial development programme in Kumasi and Tamale that attracted the attention of the Ghana Government and international aid agencies, and in 1986 I transferred to the Ministry of Industries, Science and Technology in Accra to extend the programme to all ten regions of the country.
In 1991, I was awarded the OBE for Services to Technical Education in Ghana, a year later I was elected a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, and in 2003 I was awarded an honorary DSc by Kumasi University.
After leaving Ghana in 1997 I worked for UNIDO in Vietnam for four years, helping universities of technology in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to set up grassroots industrial development programmes. Then I worked for the EU-China Project in Liuzhou in Guangxi Province for one year before retiring in May 2002.