RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The 'Scientist in Chief' gets it wrong

Obama, whose stock of delusions of grandeur is never depleted, today, bizarrely, called himself the Scientist-in-Chief. He also made this claim:
The Apollo project that put a man on the moon also gave us eventually CAT scans.
It's rubbish, of course. CAT scans were developed by Sir Godfrey Hounsfield at the private British record company EMI, not in the United States, and owe absolutely nothing to the Apollo project.

It's wonderfully ironic that his examplar of a spin-off from government-funded research was in fact developed entirely by the private sector.

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