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Eric, who's he?

Born 12th March 1937 in Torquay, third child of father Raymond Howard Foxley. (Northamptonshire heritage, Grammar school geography teacher, laster primary school deputy head) and mother Amy Marion Harvey (Plymouth heritage, Primary school teacher, had to retire when she had children).

Neighbour, on the new arrival: "What sort is it?" "It's another boy" "Oh, what a shame." I was to be called Jane.

Brothers Arthur , Owen .

Lived in Torquay (dad was fired as a teacher at Torquay Grammar because he was a pacifist in 1939), Lincoln, Toft, Northorpe, Twickenham 2 addresses, Nottingham.

Archdeacon Cambridge CofE Prinary School, Twickenhan (dad was deputy head).
Thames Valley co-ed Grammar School, Twickenham.
Engaged 1959 to Joy.
Married 30 July 1960 to Joy .
Lived in Nottingham at 3 addresses since student days.
Took A-levels and S-levels 1955 in Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Physics, Chemistry.
Worked at Paint Research Station, Teddington, January - July 1956, properties of films of paint, electron microscope, viscosity of thixotropic paint.
Worked at Ericssons Telephones, Beeston, July - September 1958, telephone exchange technology apprenticeship, uniselectors then magnetic drums.
Nottingham University mathematics BSc (logic specialism) 1956-59, electronics degree course taken but not examined 1960-61, joint mathematics and electronics PhD 1959-62 to build a computer to solve logic problems, not numbers; assistant tutor, assistant lecturer, lecturer, director of computing 1967-73, lecturer, part-time lecturer 1998-2003. I'm in the process of adding some notes on my time as Director of Computing here .

At the PhD viva in 1962 the external examiner (prof Smiley from Cambridge) asked a difficult question "What would your computer do if ...?". The chairman saw that I was not sure and said "If I were you I'd have a nervous breakdown. What's the next question?". I've always thanked him for that!
Since 1973, much work in international development abroad, see here while Joy looked after the family and house.

2012 Bowel cancer, initally diagnosed "terminal", a ghastly experience, but then chemo and radio therapy and then surgery, then a stoma bag for a year, more surgery, all seems OK. All part of the rich tapestry of life with new experiences!
2018 Pneumonia, sepsis, resuscitation at City Hospital, keeping the NHS busy.
2021 Myeloma, bone cancer in the spine vertebra L3, chemo on-going.

Lots more of Eric's detailed history like an Eric timeline here .
Started pottery in 1973 with Geoff Bocking (lecturer in 3D design at a local teacher training college, and a superb potter), and set up my own pottery here when he left Nottingham in 1985 .
Some of Eric's history written when I retired in 2000 is here .
Some early photos of Eric here .
Eric's more formal CV here .
And I used to keep records of all my exercise, but not so much in my present state .

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Page updated 17-Aug-2023

Comments and corrections on the website welcome by Eric Foxley