Dan’s career in IT started in the days of £.s.d. and led on to interests in the history of computing and other engineering disciplines. He joined the Newcomen Society in the 1970s, after developing an interest in industrial archaeology and the history of engineering through evening classes run by the Society’s past president Denis Smith.
Then, after becoming a member of the Society’s Council, Dan took over from John Barnes as Treasurer. Also, his interest in travel and the history of technology led to an involvement in trips around the UK, Europe and the States. In 1997 he helped organise and edit papers for the Industrial History and Technological Development in Europe conference.
Dan is currently on the Council of the Newcomen Society, Chairman of the Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society (GLIAS) and a committee member of the Computer Conservation Society. He’s also a professional member of The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Dan speaks fondly of his youth, recalling how being brought up near “petrol heads” like Jim Clark and Andrew Cowan in the Scottish Borders ,“I developed an an interest in tinkering with cars and motorcycles. However, now I only drive and ride them”.