I was born in 1943 in Coventry, England. My wife Dorothy and I were married in 1964.
Dorothy is a retired schoolteacher of Drama and Theatre Studies. We have a daughter Amanda,
who writes fiction, with husband Chris - they have two children, Beth (married to George) and Dan.
After obtaining a degree in Mathematics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, I worked for 35 years as a software
designer, mostly for International Computers Limited, retiring in 1999. My main fields of interest were databases, natural language
processing and computer security.
My published books are The Post Office and the Colleges (2004), The Postal History of the Oxford Union Society to 1920 (2012),
The Court Bureau: A London Company and its Stamps 1889-91 (2019)
and with Wolfgang Hahn Sylloge of Aksumite Coins in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (2016).
I am a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, London.
As well as numismatics and philately, my interests include playing the piano and organ, ancient languages and oriental board games.
I am ranked as first dan at Go and was British Champion at Shogi (Japanese Chess) in 1988.
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