About Richard - Brief Biography:


Education in England culminated in 1953 with the award of a degree from Queen Mary College, London University. Employment commenced with a three year Short Service Commission in the Royal Air Force, followed by a number of positions, working primarily as an Aerodynamicist, in the aircraft industry in Great Britain. This was interspersed with a two year period spent in Ethiopia as an aeronautical engineering instructor to the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force.

Emigrating to Australia in 1964 some two and a quarter years were spent as a Senior Lecturer in the Civil and Aeronautical Engineering Department of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, lecturing primarily in the field of aerodynamics.

Joining the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (Australia) in September 1966 employment was principally with the Research and Development Department, although a period of three years from mid-1979 to mid-1982  involved experience broadening attachments to Planning, Power and Latrobe Valley (Generation) departments.

Progress through Research and Development Department involved periods as Research Engineer, Head Engineering Science Section, Senior Research Engineer, Head Fluid Mechanics Section, Coordinator Engineering Sections, Principal Research Engineer culminating in appointment as Head of Department (Manager Research and Development) in 1983.

During the last 15 years of this period there was a close association with air quality projects and investigations and with the preparation and presentation of evidence relating to the air quality effects of Commission plant. This is evident in the attached list of publications, which also records a number of papers resulting from the application of aerodynamic theory to the solution of industrial problems.

In 1984 and 1985 direct involvement in advanced education was renewed with a part-time appointment as Honorary Reader in the Department of Applied Mathematics, lecturing in Industrial Mathematics at Latrobe University. Other educational activities included membership of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Accreditation Board, as an Industrial representative.

A long and close professional association with the CSIRO in Australia includes membership of the Advisory Committees for the Divisions of Atmospheric Research and of Building, Construction and Engineering. The latter followed Chairmanship of the Advisory Committee for the former Division of Energy Technology.

Subsequently membership of the Coal Combustion Sciences Implementing Agreement under the auspices of the International Energy Agency required representation of Australian interests in cooperative international research between the eight participating nations. This was undertaken on behalf of the Federal Department of Primary Industries and Energy.

Appointment as Associate Professor Thermo/Fluids, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne from March 1990 to December 1995 permitted me to undertake a number of exciting research projects alongside my teaching responsibilities. From December 1995 to December 1999 I was semi retired but doing part time lecturing at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Since 1999 I have been fully retired but undertaking private research in the areas of Improved Digital Signals Processing (DSP) methodology and Improved propeller design and Riemann’s Hypothesis Proof as well as a number of other projects in areas of personal interest.

The list of unpublished papers (See UNPUBLISHED PAPERS) provides an overview of the initial focus of the active programme of research pursued after retirement. This identified a notable shortcoming in current methods of data compression (See OTHER WORK)  used in IT and provided an efficient means for their elimination. However, more recently, studies of the theory underlying Riemann's Hypothesis that all of the zeros of the zeta function are sited on the critical line applied the alternative even form of the generating function, which led to a novel and surprisingly compact proof. (See RICHARD'S APPROACH)