His life was varied, work included spinning in a woollen mill, apprentice toolmaker,
pilot flying instructor in the RAF. Getting a mechanical engineering degree, designing
pipework systems for conventional and neuclear power stations. Design of piping systems
for a rocket test site. Joined an American design procuremen and installation company
company as designer, chief piping engineer then manager of projects with up to $1.5
billion contracts. Became an author on retirement at the age of 60.