Who am I ?


As already explained on the main page, I picked up an interest in mechanical calculators like one picks up a flu virus on a cold wet day - by accident.

As you can see from the picture, I was born in 1878 (well, give or take a hundred years...).

My education is in the chemical field, and I specialized in x-ray crystallography. Currently, I teach chemistry to prospective chemical industrial engineers, in combination with research.

I have always had a taste for obsolete technology, which I find perfectly fulfilled by tinkering with these antique mechanical contraptions.

Some of my other interests include antique motorcycles (I own a 1971 BMW R50/5), antique cars (I own a 1967 BMW 1600), antique books, steam toys, in particular live steam locomotives with an emphasis on models of Stephenson's Rocket, anything related to the history of x-rays and crystallography, and more or less by accident I also own a 1930's 35mm movie projector with a Peerless Magnarc carbon arc lamp.

Despite all of this, I've been living together with my girlfriend for 11 years now, even though the monstrous 35mm projector is standing in the living room, and the rest of the house is littered with mechanical calculators. I'm just saying - I have the best girlfriend in the world!

For contact information, see the "Contact me" page