Weds 17 March 2004
at 5:00pm GMT (09:00 PST)
'My favourite heroes of science and invention'
a dozen years Adam Hart-Davis has been wandering around the country – and
occasionally around Europe – in pursuit of heroes, ranging from
Archimedes to Rosalind Franklin. In this talk he will tell the
tales of a select band of them, including Robert Stirling, Eleanor
Coade, Erasmus Darwin, Robert Hooke, and Sarah Guppy. What made
them tick? How did they find their inspiration? Can we learn
anything from the past about how to invent tomorrow?
Hart-Davies works as a freelance photographer, writer and broadcaster. He
lives in the west of England with psychologist Sue
Blackmore and her family.
presenting, he spent 5 years in publishing and 17 years at Yorkshire
Television, as researcher and then producer of such series as
Scientific Eye and Arthur C Clarke’s World of Strange Powers.
is now a Companion of the Institution
of Lighting Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Arts, a member of the British
Toilet Association, the Bureau
of Freelance Photographers and the Newcomen
Society, and a Patron of Brede
Steam Engine Society, Cycle
Odyssey, and The
Wrexham Science Festival, and President of The
Wandle Valley Mapping Project.
has eight honorary doctorates, a Medal from the Royal
Academy of Engineering for the Public Promotion of Engineering,
and the 1999 Gerald Frewer memorial trophy of the Council of