Cruise Ship Speakers

General Science
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Richard Atkins
Motorsport Commentator & Aviation Historian
Raconteur: exciting tales of exploits on land, sea and in the air
Coming from: Hastings,  East Sussex  UK
Richard Atkins is a respected cruise enhancement lecturer specialising in light hearted entertaining lectures to explain some of the worlds most amazing engineering achievements especially by women and historical famous pioneers. Richard’s initial career was in Formula one Motorsport where he worked with many famous names. He talks with enthusiasm and humour about his experiences in the motorsport and aviation arena.

Edmund Derbyshire
Space & Satellites
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.

George Losey
Zoology & Marine Biology
Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand
Coming from: Kaneohe,  Hawaii  USA
Professor George Losey received his Ph.D. in 1968 from Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on reef fishes of the E. Pacific. His studies introduced him to Ethology, a European discipline comprising study of the natural behavior of animals and their social interactions. Dr. Losey started cruise ship lecturing in 1996 on the QE 2 and has since lectured on various ships with topics in oceanography and climate change, coral reefs, marine biology, Hawaiian natural history, Hawaiian legends and “nature vs. nurture” of human and animal behavior. George is always happy to sit and enjoy a relaxing conversation.

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.

John McCabe
Travel, Academia & Entertainment
Coming from: Hexham,  Northumberland  UK
Professor John McCabe worked as an academic in Dentistry and Materials Science for over 40 years, first at the University of Birmingham (1972-1977) and then at the University of Newcastle (1977-2010). After retirement he was appointed Emeritus Professor in Dental Materials Science. He has published widely with over 300 scientific papers and undergraduate textbooks on dental materials. He has travelled extensively and lectured throughout the world and has been privileged to host and supervise researchers from a large number of countries. His talks are all based on his own personal experiences and are designed to entertain but with a little education thrown in!

Lindsay Murray
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.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Nijensohn
Cultural Historian
Professor of Neurosurgery, MD, MS, PhD, FACS, FAANS (L)
Coming from: Fairfield,  Connecticut  USA
Dr. Daniel E. Nijensohn was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, where he graduated in the National University of Cuyo Medical School with an MD degree. He interned at the University of Buenos Aires teaching hospitals, followed by a surgical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center. He subsequently moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he trained as a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nijensohn is an Honorary (Emeritus) Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University. He has lectured extensively including on about 30 ocean cruises. His interests include History, Geography, Biology, the Arts, Science, World Affairs and/or Extraordinary Lives.

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
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
Coming from: London,    UK
Ben is a national multi-award-winning science communicator, scientist, and author. 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. An experienced speaker, he enthralls audiences of all ages through engaging talks and hands on LEGO® workshops. His books have been translated into multiple languages and are finding success around the globe.

Harry M Strong
Ocean science & Meteorology
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.

Dr James Teslow
Space Science, Astronomy & Engineering
PhD Rockets, Star-gazing
Coming from: Camano Island,  Washington  USA
Dr. James Teslow is an educator who also practiced aerospace engineering for 30 years. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, and two Masters degrees and a PhD at the University of Colorado. His engineering positions included work in the areas of liquid and solid rocket propulsion system analysis and design, launch support, new technology research, and business development. James has taught several classroom and online courses in educational technology, research methods, and instructional development as an adjunct professor.

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.

Dr. Robin Waddling
Science for All
B.Sc(Hons), PhD
Coming from: Falmouth,  Cornwall  UK
Robin has had a successful career as a senior manager in secondary education & postgraduate training. He has published over 60 papers on education. His programme of talks include cosmology, astronomy and navigation, chemistry, the environment and the science of gardening. There is a good range to engage your guests and this keeps audience levels high. Robin makes science easily accessible with lots for non-scientists to enjoy. The presentations are visually very attractive, with humour and 'quirky facts'. Feedback states that his talks are 'very informative and received well'.

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
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.

Stephen Wilson
Coming from: Whitehaven,    UK
Stephen has had a scientific career of over 35 years working in the nuclear industry, mainly at Sellafield – where he continues to work today. His scientific career started with a test tube, some uranium and a pen and paper - as there were no computers - culminating in the operation of a multi billion pound chemical plant employing 2000 people. His visual presentation of science, interspersed with everyday anecdotes allows a wide range of audiences to enjoy chemistry as an everyday science. Stephen’s speciality is weaving together scientific history, whilst linking to current scientific thinking.