Born
on Valentine’s day, 1946, part of the postwar baby boom, and
raised and schooled in Sunderland in the north east of
England. My first University
was
Surrey, where I read mathematics. After
graduating in 1971, and after a brief spell of school teaching, I
started my first doctorate (in mathematics) at Newcastle
University. In the middle of my
PhD I got married and, almost immediately, my wife and I left for
Africa where I took up a threeyear lectureship at the University
of
Botswana. I completed my maths
PhD on my return to England
and then left for the
USA
to take up an Andrew Mellon fellowship at Pittsburgh
University. (For reasons too complicated to explain, this also involved
getting a PhD in physics). Then
the usual run of academic jobs, including fellowships and
lectureships at
York
University,
Canterbury
University (New Zealand) and
Leeds
University, and the birth of my two children.
In
1986 I was offered a lectureship at
Linkoping
University
(Sweden) that eventually turned into a full professorship.
However, during a sabbatical year in York
in 2000 I suddenly decided to take up painting instead of
mathematical physics. This
was not as difficult as it might sound, as I found that I had a
natural affinity with painting (I suspect that artists and
mathematicians, who usually think in terms of pictures, use the same
part of the brain). I
was also encouraged by the success – almost all my paintings were
sold – of my first small exhibition in York.
I
now paint practically fulltime, apart from a small amount of
teaching at York
University
 no more than a couple of courses a year.
I
have over forty research articles to my name as well as a book on
relativity and cosmology (‘General Relativity’, published by Cambridge
University
press, 1999).

