- University Professor Emeritus
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
2066 Gourman Place, Victoria,
British Columbia V9B 6E1, Canada
General: Born August 2, 1940. Educated in Britain. Entered Wadham College, Oxford, with a college open major scholarship in English Literature. B.A.,1962, in Philosophy and Psychology (this became an M.A. through mere passage of time, an unfair Oxford process). Entered Advertising (McCann-Erickson, London) with the idea that work as a copywriter could be reconciled with writing ambitions. Deciding that the universe and possible reasons for its existence were the most exciting things to write about, returned to Oxford to generate a thesis in Philosophy: resulting academic career and publications described in the CV (see the link given above).
Interests include mountaineering and rock climbing (initial triumphs, including winning a wife, Jill, from the Oxford Mountaineering Club, followed by slow decline and a move to canoeing); travel (organized expeditions to the volcanoes Hekla and Sangay); languages (good French, reading ability in German, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Latin); Go, chess and other board games (designed “WorldMaster”, marketed by three board game companies all of which were made extinct by the rise of computer games, and “Hostage Chess”: see the chapter on this in D.B. Pritchard, “Popular Chess Variants”, Batsford, 2000, or go to www.hostagechess.com for a strong computer-program opponent); designed the iPhone/iPod app “Kaleidoscope Devil” and obtained a U.S.Patent on its kaleidoscopic system with concealed images (some examples are at www.lesliekaleido.com ); reading about scientific developments.