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I am a clinical scientist, based in the UK. My professional interests are patient-reported outcomes and assessment of cognitive function. I am semi-retired, which gives me time to indulge other interests, such as sailing and contributing to Wikipedia and Wikimedia.
My contributions to WP/WM include history of science, history of navigation, maps, and architecture.
I have created the following pages:
- Electronic patient-reported outcome: patient symptom diaries and questionnaires collected on tablets, smartphones, or using Interactive Voice Response
- Johann Hasler: biography of a a 16th-century Swiss theologian and physician who developed Galen's concept of heat and cold into the idea of a scale of temperature.
- 1899 Yakutat Bay earthquakes: an account of a series of earthquakes in Alaska, notable for the degree of uplift that resulted.
- International School of American Archeology and Ethnology in Mexico: a short-lived institution that was important in promoting scientific research relating to the archeology and ethnology of Mexico and adjoining countries
- George Robert Graham Conway (1873-1951): biography of a civil engineer and historian of Mexico.
- James Smith Richardson: biography of the first Inspector of Ancient Monuments of Scotland.
- William Harold Fritz: biography of an America/Canadian geologist.
- Herbert Langford Warren (1857-1917): biography of a New England architect, founder of the School of Architecture at Harvard University.
- Peter Shortland (1815-1888): biography of a Royal Navy officer noted for detailed surveys of the Atlantic coast of Canada, and for deep-water soundings preparatory to laying submarine cables.
- Charles Latham (photographer): biography of a noted early photographer of architecture and gardens.
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For Charles Latham, I have uploaded over a thousand of his photographs to Wikimedia Commons. Some of the houses he photographed have since been demolished, and for these, Latham's images are often the only photographic record, especially for the interiors.
Maps and Charts
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I have worked with British Admiralty Charts, including scanning and uploading charts that I own; locating and uploading image files in other archives and libraries; and categorizing image files that are already on Wikimedia. There are now over 1,700 images on Wikimedia Commons (out of about 3,500 charts published, although there is some duplication) dating from the early 19th Century to 1970. (Charts published from 1971 onward are subject to Crown Copyright, which expires 50 years after first publication.) They cover most parts of the world, and are categorized by the area covered and in many cases by the surveyor responsible for the chart.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ordnance Survey (full sheets).|
I have uploaded a complete set of the Ordnance Survey Seventh Series maps of Great Britain (well almost, there was one full sheet uploaded before I started). This was the last series mapped at the one-inch scale before the introduction of 1:50,000 sheets. I have also uploaded a complete set of the quarter-inch maps of Great Britain, as well as many of the earlier Popular and New Popular series, some 1:25,000 maps, and and some OS maps of Ireland.
Ordnance Survey published a number of archaeological and historical maps from the 1930s to the 1960s. I have scanned and uploaded the majority of these. I have also uploaded a number of geological maps. These are mainly taken from the geological literature - books, articles, and reports that are out-of-copyright.
I have been adding maps and charts into Wikipedia articles where these seem helpful, for example:
- Ffestiniog Railway
- Sea Cut (Scalby Beck)
- Suez Canal
- Monkland Canal
- Hadrian's Wall
- Antonine Wall
- HMS Beagle
- Scilly naval disaster of 1707
- History of longitude
I have added detail and/or references to biographical articles for several of the surveyors responsible for Admiralty charts, for example:
- Thomas Graves (1802-1856)
- Frederick Evans (1815-1885)
- William Wharton (1843-1905)
- Boyle Somerville (1863-1936)
Whenever possible, bibliographies should link to material that is freely available, that is well-indexed and not behind a paywall. When editing, I always try and find open full-text sources where these are available, and add links to them.
Sometimes a simple search will suffice, but a lot of old academic material is only available as scans of complete issues of journals, often in either the Internet Archive or Google Books. In these cases I will download the issue, extract the article, and upload it back to Internet Archive with subject tags specific to the article. I can then link to the article from the WP bibliography.
Sometimes I have the book and it is out of copyright, but I can't find it in any internet source. Then I will scan the book and upload to the Internet Archive. Here are some of the books I have scanned and uploaded, then linked to in Wikipedia articles:
- Admiralty (1938). Admiralty Navigation Manual Vol 1. 1938 edition. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office. Cited in article Admiralty Charts
- Richardson, J.S.; Wood, Marguerite (1948). Edinburgh Castle Official Guide (Second ed.). Edinburgh: His Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). Cited in articles about the authors, James Smith Richardson and Marguerite Wood.
- Richardson, J.S.; Root, Margeret E. (1948). Stirling Castle Official Guide (Second ed.). Edinburgh: His Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). Cited in articles about the authors, James Smith Richardson and Margaret E.B. Simpson
- Phemister, J. (1960). Scotland Northern Highlands. British Regional Geology (Third ed.). Edinburgh: Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). Cited in article about the author, James Phemister.
- Muir-Wood, H.M. (1955). A history of the classification of the phylum Brachiopoda. London: British Museum (Natural History). Cited in articles about the author, Helen Marguerite Muir-Wood, and the zoologist Edward S. Morse.
- Gill, Eric (1925). Song of Songs. Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire: Golden Cockerel Press. Cited in article about Eric Gill.
- Edwards, Ralph; Ward-Jackson, Peter (1959). Ham House A Guide (fourth ed.). London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO). Cited in article about Ham House.
- The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. An illustrated guide. Third Edition. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1959. Cited in article about Kew Gardens.
- Willis, Robert (1861). The architectural history of Chichester Cathedral. Chichester: William Hayley Mason. Cited in article about Chichester Cathedral.
- Gotch, John Alfred (1891). Architecture of the Renaissance in England, Volume 1. London: B.T. Batsford. Cited in article about Charles Latham, the photographer of the book.
The Gotch book was a very fortunate find. I was able to buy a broken copy of the book at a bargain price, But being broken was great for me, as it made it much easier to scan. It's a splendid, massive volume, folio, and the quality of the photographic reproductions for the time is excellent - Batsford were known for this, and Latham's photographs were well served. Now all I have to do is find Volume 2!
I have uploaded lots of images to Wikimedia Commons: my own photos of buildings, landscapes, artworks, and a few people; and illustrations from old books and journals. Believing that a picture is worth a thousand words, I have added many of these to Wikipedia articles. Here's just a few of the articles:
- Joseph Needham: biochemist, historian and sinologist.
- Comb Ridge: geological feature in Utah, USA.
- Organ Rock Formation: also in Utah.
- Drakes Bay: the bay, just north of the San Francisco Bay, where Drake repaired his ships before setting off west on the next stage of his round-the-world voyage in 1579.
- Imperial Shag: photographed landing on an island in the Beagle Channel.
- Adela Breton: watercolour copies of the wall paintings of Mexican temples.
- Saddell Bay: bay in Kintyre, Scotland.
- Landmark Trust: a building preservation charity.
- Robert Willis: Architectural and engineering drawings from the 19th century
- Southwell Minster: a collegiate church in Nottinghamshire, England.
At Southwell, I have taken photographs of all the carved capitals and most of the sculpture of the chapter house. These were described by Pevsner in a 1945 book, The Leaves of Southwell. All these photos are on Commons, numbered to correspond with the scheme used by Pevsner.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1945). The Leaves of Southwell. London: King Penguin.