Cruise Ship Speakers

General Science
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Edmund Derbyshire
Space & Satellites
MBA, DBA
Coming from: Havant,  Hampshire  UK
Ed first learned to walk on a ship bound for Australia where he spent seven years before returning to the UK in 1967 where he attended the local grammar school. In 1975 he joining the Merchant Navy as a Radio Officer before entering the space industry for the next 30 years working with a number of major satellite design, launch and operation companies. Ed is a capable and experienced speaker and is very keen to share his experiences with people in a friendly and easily digestable way.

Professor Brian J Ford
Scientist & Author
Coming from: Eastrea,  Cambridge  UK
Brian J Ford revolutionised moderm popular science with his articles and broadcasts. The founder of 'Science Now' for the BBC, and host of television programmes including 'Computer Challenge' and 'Food for Thought', he contributes to television programmes from Hollywood to Japan. Widely reviewed as a 'sparkling speaker' and a 'rare master of the art of getting the message across,' he has lectured throughout the world. His lectures cover popular and current science, humour (he is an excellent raconteur) and travel around the world.

John Maclean
Astronomy & Astrophysics
FRAS (Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society)
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
John is an experienced Science Communicator in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is an award winning Astro Photographer. He has a special interest in Cometary science and is a member of the UK Meteor Monitoring Network as well as participating as a communicator for NASA and ESA space missions. John is an experienced presenter with an engaging and humorous style accompanied with extremely professional graphic and audio presentations. John has the ability to communicate scientific concepts in a way that the audience both enjoys and understands. He is also able to provide "Stargazing" nights on board and can lead Aurora expeditions.

Lindsay Murray
Science
CSci CBiol CRadPro FRSB FLS
Coming from: Gretna,  Dumfries and Galloway  UK
Lindsay Murray is a graduate biologist with something in excess of 30 years professional experience both in the UK and overseas, employed variously in clinical and veterinary microbiology, radiation protection, research management, and latterly in health and safety and research ethics. He regularly lectures on a wide range of science related topics to diverse audiences, and has a particular interest in public engagement with science.

David Pybus
Criminologist, Historian & Scientist
Dragons Den Winner: MD Scents of Time Limited
Coming from: Cheriton,  Kent  UK
David has worked for over 12 years as a cruise enhancement speaker for a number of cruise lines, both British and American. In work where one is as good as one's last cruise David has been invited back time after time as his presentations are pure “edutainment”- educational and entertaining - and are far from being 'a lecture'. He can stand alone for a talk, but normally he presents a 45 minute highly audio visual extravaganza on a number of entertaining topics ranging from crime to code-breaking and from perfume to vikings and more.

Paul Riley
Popular Science, Astronomy & Food Science
BSc, MSc, PhD
Coming from: Wirral,    UK
After academic life reading chemistry Paul joined Unilever’s Personal Care Products Group. He has talks on the history of everyday products, often humorous with amusing anecdotes, that we use on a daily basis thinking little about them: tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, sugar, makeup, deodorants, toothpaste and soap. For the festive season Paul has talks on the history of our Christmas traditions. With his academic background he has talks on astronomy but from the perspective of chemistry – looking at the world around us how did its building blocks and those for life originate?

Park Sims
Science for the non-scientific
BSc, MSc, Assoc Prof, LtCol(Ret), PE(Ret), FBIM(Ret)
Coming from: Woodbridge,  Suffolk  UK
Park Sims is an American who has lived and worked in England for more than 30 years. A retired military officer, scientist, manager, and training consultant, he is a former Professor of both Physics and Technical Writing, a retired Lt Colonel of the US Air Force, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the British Institute of Management. Park speaks on the science of the world around us in a light-hearted and entertaining way (“Science for the Non-scientific”), using everyday language. He also speaks on the history of the US Air Force in England.

Alan Smith
Space, Astronomy & Science
PhD, FRAS, FAPM
Coming from: Cranleigh,  Surrey  UK
Professor Alan Smith is the Director of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, part of University College London. He has been working in space science for more than 35 years and has been involved with space mission involving all of the major space agencies including NASA, the European Space Agency, Japan, Russia and China. His current interests include astrophysics, planetary science and satellite instrumentation. Alan's talks are highly visual in nature, based upon astronomy and space science images and photography.

David Southwood
Astronomy & Space Science
Space Robotics
Coming from: Wimbledon,  London  UK
David was formerly the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency in Paris. Before going to Paris, he was a space scientist at Imperial College, London. He is an expert on the aurora and magnetism of earth and other planets. He has been involved in astronomy, space missions and space exploration since 1966 and has a long experience of public communication about space and space exploration which provides inspiration for his talks.

Ben Still
Physics & Science
MPhys PhD AMInstP PCHE
Coming from: London,    UK
Ben is a national multi-award-winning science communicator, scientist, and science writer. Not your average scientist; Ben uses clear visuals and everyday metaphors, allowing all audiences to appreciate the beauty of even the most abstract of sciences. Ben holds a masters degree in Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester and PhD in experimental particle physics from The University of Sheffield. Ben regularly talks at international conferences and professional institution as well as providing enrichment talks on cruises.

Harry M Strong
Ocean science & Meteorology
BS, MS, MPA, PSIA
Coming from: Oak Hill,  Fairfax  USA
Harry M Strong worked for a nonprofit corporation for 38 years, spending the last 15 years supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C., addressing a broad range of environmental issues. He is the President of HMS Consulting, LLC, has been a special interest speaker and visiting scientist on numerous cruise ships, speaking on “Our One Ocean”. This series of talks is crafted to entertain, inform and educate the ship’s guests on various ocean topics, emphasizing that our “global society” has but “One Ocean” and we all share in its fruits, its opportunities, its problems, its heritage and its potential.

Harry M Strong
Ocean science & Meteorology
BS, MS, MPA, PSIA
Coming from: Oak Hill,  Fairfax  USA
Harry M Strong worked for a nonprofit corporation for 38 years, spending the last 15 years supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C., addressing a broad range of environmental issues. He is the President of HMS Consulting, LLC, has been a special interest speaker and visiting scientist on numerous cruise ships, speaking on “Our One Ocean”. This series of talks is crafted to entertain, inform and educate the ship’s guests on various ocean topics, emphasizing that our “global society” has but “One Ocean” and we all share in its fruits, its opportunities, its problems, its heritage and its potential.

Michael Tribe
Science & Sports History
BSc., PhD, PGCE, C.Biol. FRSB
Coming from: Eastbourne,  East Sussex  UK
Mike Tribe attended both Durham & Cambridge universities as a student, followed by 3 years as Head of Biology at a London school, before taking up a Lectureship at Sussex University. Mike has always enjoyed the challenges of teaching, especially communicating difficult scientific ideas in ways understandable to non-scientists. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 1978 and given an award for Excellence in Teaching by Sussex Alumni Society in 1999. He loves talking about most sports and was a County athlete and Cambridge Blue in his youth.

Robert Turner
Astronomy & Astro Physics
Earth Sciences & Archaeology
Coming from: Worthing,  West Sussex  UK
University and further education teacher in Astronomy and Archaeology Bob Turner has over 50 years experience in Astronomy and 10 years experience in pre history Archaeology and Lithics. As a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a 50 year plus member of the British Astronomical Association he has toured all over the World co lecturing with Patrick Moore. He has also acted as tour guide on many occasions in his pursuit of total eclipses with three different tour companies. Bob has run many courses up and down the UK for amateurs and semi professional Astronomers and is often found lecturing on cruise ships.

Frank Weare
Architecture, World Heritage, Science & Technology
Coming from: London,    UK
Frank studied mechanical engineering in Bristol followed by a postgraduate diploma course at Imperial College London. During the last 30 he has lectured on architectural engineering, civil and structural engineering at the University of Westminster, being involved with architectural building design, construction and management. He has been involved with churches, cathedrals, both ancient and modern, industrial, commercial buildings and bridge structures. Since taking early retirement from the university he is now an independent consultant undertaking civil and structural engineering design work.

Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe
Astronomy, Astrobiology & Life in the Universe
MA, PhD, ScD, FRAS, FRSA
Coming from: Cardiff,  Wales  UK
Professor Wickramasinghe is a world-renowned astronomer who has made important contributions to the theory of cosmic dust. Together with the late Sir Fred Hoyle he pioneered the modern theory of panspermia which argues for life being a cosmic phenomenon. He is an award winning poet, and the author of over 22 books and 350 scientific papers. He has held professional appointments in a large number of universities and has at one time been advisor to the President of Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

John Wilcock
Archaeology, History, Science & Computing
MA(Oxon), BSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, FBCS, CITP
Coming from: Stafford,  Staffordshire  UK
Dr John Wilcock read Physics at Oxford University then worked for 7 years as an Engineer in the computer industry (1st and 2nd generations), before entering academia in 1969. He was one of the first world practitioners in Computer Archaeology (the application of computers to archaeological research). Categories include Archaeology, Egyptology, History, Computing, Espionage, Codes & ciphers, Science, Geology and Music. See full profile for suggested list of stand-alone and destination-based topics.