I was born in Sheffield, UK and was educated up to 18 in Sheffield, UK. I was awarded a Hastings Scholarship to The Queen' College, Oxford, where I read Chemistry and went on to do a D Phil in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, essentially on the valence structure and reaction kinetics of diborane. I was an Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry at Reading University (1963-64) and a Research Fellow in Computing at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1964-66) before being appointed a Lecturer in Chemisty at Lancaster University. From 1976-81 I was seconded to start a new Department of Chemsitry at Bayero Univerity, Kano, Nigera, and from 1983-86 I was seconded to be Professor of Chemistry at the University of Papua New Guinea. At the end of 1986 I moved to Darwin, Australia, first to start Chemistry at the University College of the Northern Territory. In 1990, this was in a merger to create the Northern Territory University (NTU), I retired from NTU in 2001 and shortly after NTU was renamed Charles Darwin University (CDU). I was an adjunct Associate Professor at CDU before moving to Melbourne in 2004, where I am associated with Monash University. There I sometimes help research students to do ab initio quantum chemistry calculations. I do valence bond calculations while helping to maintain and improve the valence bond program, VB2000.