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   Edmund Fordham


Edmund John Fordham

Nickname: none (as far as I know!)
House: Junior Day then Fletcher (2nd form)
Years: 1967-1968

Memories of School: At this distance, blurred with nostalgia, though when I compare with what followed in the UK, I surely know where I was happiest. I loved the "donnish" atmosphere of most of the classes that I can remember, and the musical education I had in the Band was great; music has stayed one of the great loves of my life. I was even told once I was not bad on the rugby pitch, but this report is surely distorted. On a warm afternoon on the equator I did not mind it. Sliding through freezing mud in an English winter I did.

Since leaving POW
  • Two schools in UK 1967-1973. Carried on playing the trumpet, in the Kent County Youth Orchestra 1970/2, with whom I went on tour in Germany several times.
  • 1974-1977 St Catharine's College, Cambridge (Firsts in Natural Sciences, with Part II in Experimental Physics)
  • Various engineering jobs
  • 1980/4 PhD studies at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, on wind turbines (i.e. windmills for energy) with the late Prof Sir Martin Ryle, one of the fathers of Radio Astronomy (but not afraid to branch out a little).
  • Since 1985, joined Schlumberger, an oilfield technical services company, at their research centre in Cambridge.
  • Still with Schlumberger, now in the USA at another lab in Connecticut.

    Married Anne 1991; survived non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 1996/7; our daughter Isobel born 1998.

    No photos of School in my possession now, but I was shaken to find on the website one of the School Band 1967, with me identified (I believe correctly, though it seems smudged (ha !)) - but by whom? Was it John McCormick?(also in photo). A ghost from my past, fascinating if a bit spooky!!

    (Registered - 18th January 2003)

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