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07 Mar 2014

Liveryman Silke Ackermann

by Keith Etherington

Congratulations to Liveryman Silke Ackermann on new posting.

Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science has appointed Dr Silke Ackermann as its new director.

Dr Ackermann will take up her new role on 1 March 2014, succeeding previous director Professor Jim Bennett, who retired last year. Read more




20 Dec 2013

Past Master Derek Cornish

by Keith Etherington

It is with deep regret that we announce that

Past Master Derek Cornish died peacefully last Tuesday 17th December after a gallant battle with a long illness.
Derek joined the Livery in 1987 and was Master in 2001/2002.  He had a long and distinguished career in instrumentation, particularly with SIRA and will be much missed by all of us. He was President of the Institute of Measurement and Control in 1989.   His contribution to the Livery over many years was considerable: as well as serving on all the Committees he was a Trustee of the Charity, and Honorary Almoner until very recently and only a short while ago resigned as a director of SIM Hall Ltd.  He was one of our two directors on the board of Glaziers’ Hall for some years where he always represented our cause with great determination and fairness.
Derek’s funeral will be held at 1 pm on Thursday 16th January 2014 at St Leonard’s Church, Chelsham, Warlingham, Surrey and will be conducted by the Reverend Prebendary Jeremy Crossley, Chaplain to the Livery.


09 Nov 2013

Lord Mayor's Flotilla 2013

by Keith Etherington

Our two livery cutters were part of the flotilla that escorted the new Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf from Westminster to Tower Bridge. below is the ladies boat getting into position for the start.

And the men's boat holding water near Blackfriars bridge. A very swollen tide meant that we were 15 mins early.

The Lord Mayor is in red at the front of the cabin on board The Queens' Row Barge Gloriana

A wonderful view of our Hall with the Shard.

The Lord Mayor disembarking at HMS President whilst the Waterman raise oars in salute.


01 Nov 2013

Keith Etherington's Year Book

by Keith Etherington

Keith Etherington's yearbook for 2011/12 has been added to the members Document Section


  • " If anybody says he can think about quantum problems without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them. "
    Niels Henrik David Bohr (1885-1962) Danish physicist.
  • " A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. "
    Edward Teller
  • " I think science has enjoyed an extraordinary success because it has such a limited and narrow realm in which to focus its efforts. Namely, the physical universe. "
    Ken Jenkins
  • " If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate "
    Henry J. Tillman
  • " Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope. "
    Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends, 1972
  • " The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny..." "
    Isaac Asimov
  • " Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. "
    Wernher Von Braun
  • " Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men. "
    Jean Rostand
  • " Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. "
    Henri Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis, 1905
  • " The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions. "
    Claude Lévi-Strauss, Le Cru et le cuit, 1964
  • " Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature. "
    Martin H. Fischer
  • " Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover. "
    Bertrand Russell
  • " DNA was the first three-dimensional Xerox machine. "
    Kenneth Boulding
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