Brief Bio of a Peace Activist

I was born in 1946.

In the early 1980s, I stood as the first Green/Ecology Party candidate in Guildford, and then the Guildford Green Party was run for about twelve years from my house. In the West Surrey Euro-election of 1989 I was the Press Secretary, and the Greens came second, securing 22% of the vote. We beat Labour and the social Democrats.

In 1982 my first book was published, Lead on the Brain, a Guide to Britain’s Number One Pollutant and this was part of a campaign to get lead removed from petrol, which was successful. In the 1980s I did some work in the office of END, European Nuclear disarmament.

As a member of the UK’s Ecology Party, I was initiator for what in 1985 became the ‘Nuclear warfare Tribunal.’ I was sent over to Germany to liase with Die Grunen because we wanted to emulate what they had done. This was the first UK symposium to query the legality of current nuclear weapon policies. (Proceedings published in 1989 as ‘The Bomb and the Law,’ Stockholm)

After the 1982 Falklands war, I and three others formed the ‘Belgrano Action Group’ and we held the ‘Belgrano Inquiry at Hampstead Town Hall, about what the war had been about. Top speakers like Tam Dalyell, Clive Ponting and Paul Rogers came and gave evidence. We then published the proceedings of this (by Spokesman Press 1988), as The Unnecessary War: Proceedings of the Belgrano Inquiry, November 7/8th 1986.

I’ve been a founder-member of Inlap, the Institute for Law and Peace, and initiated and edited a few issues of its journal ‘Inlap Times.’  At my suggestion Inlap had the legal proceedings published whereby CND had attempted to challenge the legality of going to war with Iraq. CND spent some 80k on this in 1992 and it seemed worthwhile to remember the effort. I’m thus co-editor of The Case Against War, The Essential Legal Inquiries, Opinions and Judgements concerning War in Iraq.

In the 90s I co-founded Guildford Metaphysical Society, a group which took an interest in and visited crop circles. I examined their mathematical forms, and published a commentary on them as Crop Circles the Hidden Form by Wessex Books (2002).  Alas this book did not survive the hurricane of abuse and calumny. The Association of School Math Teachers had reviewed it as ‘this wonderful book .. a really lovely book.. a must for any school library’ and it stayed in print for five years. Kindly note that it does not comment upon any other aspect of crop circles, than their geometry. As a school maths teacher I had dreamed of bringing some inspiration into the classes.

I’ve been a founder-member of the London 9/11 Sceptics (or the 911 ‘truth’ movement). My web-essay ‘Nine keys to 9/11’ was praised by the prestigious Physics9/11 site, here is their review:   Nine Keys to 9-11
“This website provides an excellent summary of the major problems that knowledgeable people have with the Bush interpretation of 9/11. In this case, the “knowledge” is embedded in nine major points that have no explanation within the Bush scenario: no hikacker names (or faked names) on the official airline passenger lists; hole in the Pentagon too small to have been made by a 757; complete failure of cellphones to operate at cruising altitude; etc. One of the best places for “students” to start.’

I worked with a London group especially focused on July 7th, in 2005/6, and contributed two of their web-pages (modified by others). In 2008 I worked with a BBC ‘Conspiracy Files’ team for a program about July 7th. I was thoroughly trashed in this program, through the BBC’s use of quite dishonest techniques – which everyone had warned me would happen. I subsequently published the definitive book on the London bombings, Terror on the Tube. (2009)

In 2007 London’s 911 group invited Cynthia McKinney over to England, and she came, that was my initiative and campaign. She then ran as US Green Party presidential candidate. As a postdoctoral Research fellow of UCL for 11 years (1995-2008) in the Science and Technology Studies Department, I was involved in the College’s Stop the War group.

Once it became known that I was researching a book about 7/7, an intense  media-abuse campaign started up against me, in 2008 (it was published in 2009). I was chucked out of my college UCL, where I’d been an honorary member of staff (i.e. unpaid) for 11 years, with a statement of ethical damnation posted  up. This didn’t actually say what I had done that was so terrible, so everyone was free to imagine the worst. This then spilled over into the 911 ‘truth’ movement and I soon got banned from their site.

I had never had any enemies before, so this was all rather bewildering for me.

Revisionism means an endeavour to search for a more balanced account of WW2. My feelings were that Germany was made to take all the blame in that war but could this be the whole truth? How can we accept the views of only one side of the argument? As a scientist,  I was intrigued to realise that wherever cyanide had been used in the old  labour camps of ww2, it imprinted a memory in the walls—one only had to measure the iron cyanide to understand how much of this gas had been used. This resulted in my book Breaking the spell, the Holocaust Myth and Reality which was banned by Amazon in 2017.

The college where I had received my doctorate announced in 2008 that I was a true heretic and no longer wanted. I was given no chance to discuss the matter with anyone or remove any offending essays.  Alas people could not debate the subject without resorting to hysteric labelling, name-calling and ethical damnation. I still feel that the notion of chemical memory found in the old walls of the German camps is an interesting one and I hope that in time to come, we can discuss this in a more fair and balanced way.

 In 1993 I signed up to do a PhD on Newton’s lunar theory, at University College London, completed in 1996. Newton’s forgotten Lunar theory was published by Green Lion Press in 2000. I became an honorary research fellow in the Science and Technology Studies department at UCL and became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. I published two dozen articles in academic journals on the history of astronomy, many being Newton-based and then moving onto the discovery of Neptune; presently online at I did the article on Isaac Newton (2006) for the first edition of the prestigious Biographical Encyclopaedia of Astronomers (USA), and this remains in print.

I gave talks on these subjects to the International Astronomical Union, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Notre Dame history of Astronomy group, Cambridge’s History of Science department, and the UK Society for History of Astronomy (of which he was a founder-member).

I have contributed an article to the forthcoming US astronomy-history journal Dio, ‘Galileo and the Comet of 1618’ (400 year anniversary).

Having some interest in astrology I helped to found in 1980 the journal Correlation which is the world’s only journal reporting on research into astrology, and am still on its advisory board.

My most recent book looks at the planet Venus and the patterns generated by its orbit and traditions associated with it, entitled Venus the Path of Beauty (2017).

My Father was a psychoanalyst and Mother was a chemist. They argued, they divorced … Brother Jules ended his life (he had been a brilliant mathematician).