About

I started this blog to pass on lessons learned and insights gained in research in science and technology, covering both technical and human aspects.

I’ve had a very varied career, starting out in pure research and then, via a series of steps, morphing into senior management in a large research and development (R&D) organisation, before going freelance.

In reverse chronological order:

Independent consultant and Fellow of the RSA.

Principal Consultant at QinetiQ at Farnborough in Hampshire (early stage innovation, knowledge managment). Head of Consulting for one year, reporting directly to the Finance Director. At the time, QinetiQ/DERA was the largest R&D organisation in Europe (over 10,000 staff).

Business and Technical Manager at AEA Technology at Winfrith in Dorset. Software development and innovation.

Research Fellow at the IBM Research Centre in Winchester (data visualisation). Collaborated with Sir Michael Atiyah.

Series of full-time research appointments (quantum physics) at the universities of Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, Bonn and Dortmund. Twice Visiting Fellow of the Royal Society (at the Niels Bohr and Landau Institutes). Co-organised the last conference that Prof Richard Feynman attended as a speaker (variational methods in QFT).

I obtained my PhD in high-energy physics at Imperial College and my BSc in theoretical physics at Queen Mary College.

You can contact me via stepsandleaps@gmail.com

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