About Materials Man

Born late in 1950, this means I could, and did collect wild bird eggs as a young boy quite within the law. I had no rare birds eggs. I could identify birds by their eggs, or so I thought. Those days of dastardly innocence have left me with a lifetime interest in Birding, not twitching. The materials bit is not avarice for worldly goods, but I am a rare type of engineer called a materials engineer. Not rare in the sense that multiple degrees and a distinguished academic career puts you heads above your peer group. Quite the opposite really, it's laboratory testing of bulk civil engineering materials and requires but a modicum of brain power, so rare means, not many are needed, and those that are successful, start serendipitously. Luckily the great expansion of motorways in the late 60's and 70's meant employment opportunities for the likes of a materials technician like me, to learn, go to college and make a career. This career has taken me to live and work in eight countries outwith the UK, all over Scotland and parts of England. I worked on the Sunbury way flyover in 1971 to 1973 and knew London better than my flatmates after a year. Familiarity does breed contempt. I have worked for materials suppliers, testing consultants and contractors. I am a Scot and we seem to travel well and be received well, having said that my Father was a Channel islander, so was my paternal grandfather and I too was born in Alderney. So not a Scot with a lineage to Macalpin. I retired in June 2015 and keep few links to my previous work in materials.

3 Responses to “About Materials Man”

  1. May 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I am also a materials man, born in 1950 and have worked in at least 12 countries for consultants and contractors. I have lots of stories about war zones, corruption and life in the tird world. I made the mistake of going South and East instead of West when I left the UK in 1971.

  2. ThePath June 5, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Hi David,

    Please feel free to share these stories, your account has been upgraded so you can create posts which will appear on the front page.

  3. Ian June 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I heard an RSPB man on the radio regarding the large collection of birds eggs recently found in West Lothian, that the law prohibited egg collecting in 1954, if true (and would an RSPB man be wrong?) then I and thousands of others were breaking the law. I must explore more, the obscure, that is the law.

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