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"I am, therefore I think"

Name Paul Birch
Address48 Cliff Road, Cowes, IOW, PO31 8BN, England
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Telephone(UK) 01983 291091

Date of Birth25th May 1956
Marital StatusSingle
Marconi Defence Systems Ltd, Satcoms Division, Stanmore
Plessey Radar Ltd, Advanced Systems, Cowes (now known as AMS, Tel. 01983 294141)
Secondary education Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby (1966-74)
'O' Levels Physics(1), Chemistry(1), Pure Maths(1), Applied Maths(1), French(2), English Language(2), English Literature(3), German(4), Latin(5), [1971], also Astronomy [1974]
'A' Levels Physics(A), Chemistry(A), Maths(A), General Studies(A), [1973], also 'special papers' and Further Maths [1974]
UniversityTrinity College, Cambridge (Exhibitioner 1974-77)
TriposNatural Sciences B.A. (Hons) 2.2 [1977]
1st year: Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology of Cells
2nd &3rd years: Physics and Maths
Project: "The Experimental Tests of General Relativity"
Post-graduateVictoria University of Manchester (1977-82),
Nuffield Radio-Astronomy Laboratories, Jodrell Bank
Further degreesDiploma in Advanced Studies in Science [1978], Radio Astronomy, "Hot-spots in Extra-galactic Radio Sources"
M.A. (Cantab) [1981]
Ph.D. "Linear Polarisation and Magnetic Fields in Extra-galactic Radio Sources" (not completed)

Publications include "Interferometric Observations of Compact Components in Extra-galactic Radio Sources" with Kerr, Conway, Davis & Stannard, Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc., 197, 921 (1981)
"Is the Universe Rotating?", Nature, 298, 451 (1982)
"Orbital Ring Systems and Jacob's Ladders - I", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 35, 475 (1982)
"Orbital Ring Systems and Jacob's Ladders - II", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 36, 115 (1982)
"Orbital Ring Systems and Jacob's Ladders - III", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 36, 231 (1982)
"Radiation Shields for Ships and Settlements", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 35, 515 (1982)
"Is Faster Than Light Travel Causally Possible?", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 37, 117 (1984)
"Can Population Grow Forever?", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 38, 99 (1985)
"Dynamic Compression Members", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 42, 501 (1989)
"Supramundane Planets", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 44, 169 (1991)
"Terraforming Venus Quickly", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 44, 157 (1991)
"Terraforming Mars Quickly", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 45, 331 (1992)
"How To Spin A Planet", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 46, 311 (1993)
"How To Move A Planet", J. Brit. interplan. Soc., 46, 314 (1993)
"A Visit To Suprajupiter", Analog, 112, 80 (Dec1992)
"Towards a Perfect Communication System" for MSDS
"Distributed Radar Systems" for Plessey Radar
Various articles in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Wireless World, Personal Computer World, etc.
"Deckchair Reading" by the Vectis Writers (edited by Paul Birch), Homespun Publications, Ventnor (1994)
and radio credits include
"Horizon", "The Big Breakfast", "Midweek", etc.
System Engineer for RSRE Multiband Ground Terminal Study
Design, construction and test of Correlator for low-level IMPSs
Design work on various satcoms proposals, tenders and reports
Design work on various radar proposals, tenders and reports
Development of computer programmes for data fusion, etc.
Sailing, Music, Cryptology, Science Fiction (writing and reading), Space Colonisation, Astronautics and Aeronautics, Politics, Architecture
Societies Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society resigned
Subscriber to the Libertarian Alliance
Treasurer of the Vectis Writers
Member of Solent G&S Company (Pish Tush in Mikado, Lord Mountararat in Iolanthe, etc.)
Member of Cowes Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (Icarus in Orpheus, Abanazar in Aladdin, etc.)
Member of the United Kingdom Independence Party election summary
Town Councillor for Cowes Central, May 2003
Politics I have libertarian sympathies, but I do not call myself a libertarian: perhaps "ultraminimal monarchist" comes closest.