Born in Slough, Richard Thorn studied Electronic Engineering at what was then Bolton Institute of Technology before completing a Masters Degree and PhD at Bradford University. He then moved to the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen where he was part of a research group specializing in multiphase flow measurement. In 1986 he emigrated to Australia where he joined the University of South Australia; beginning a long career in higher education. Since then he has been a Professor and Head of School at the University of Derby, Victoria University, Melbourne, and most recently the University of West London.

Now retired, he and his wife currently live in Toruń. The first of his post retirement projects has been the long dreamt of biography of Nevil Shute Norway.

Some Things I Will Never Forget

Non Fiction Books: The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes; Phoenix from the Ashes by Mike Brearley; The Soul of a New Machine by Tracey Kidder

Autobiography: The Time of my Life by Denis Healey; Things I Didn’t Know by Robert Hughes; The Sound of Summer by Jim Maxwell

Fiction Books: The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien; Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd; A Kind of Loving by Stan Barstow

Authors: Sebastian Faulks; George Orwell; Nevil Shute (of course)

Paintings: The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck;  My Parents by David Hockney; Collins St, 5 p.m. by John Brack

Films: Moonstruck; Broadway Danny Rose; The Dresser

Radio Programmes: Hancock’s Half Hour; The Small Intricate Life of Gerald C Potter; Football commentaries on the BBC

Television Programmes: The Great War; Brideshead Revisited; Dinnerladies  

Music: Under Milk Wood by the Stan Tracey Quartet; Kill to Get Crimson by Mark Knopfler; the Orchestral Works of George Frideric Handel

Australian Music: Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool; Live It Up by Mental as Anything; Put Down That Weapon by Midnight Oil

Food: Cod in batter with chips; Chicken vindaloo curry with naan bread; Spaghetti with prawns, chili and rocket

Cricketers: Martin Crowe had class as both a cricketer and a captain; Shane Warne could scare the wits out of any opposition; John Edrich was one of England’s best and often most under appreciated cricketers, he will always remind me of many days spent at the Kennington Oval

Places: Adelaide; Trafalgar Square; Hahndorf  

Events: Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon; Listening to cricket on the radio from Australia on a cold, dark winter’s morning in England; Cliff Michelmore’s television report from the Aberfan disaster