Douglas Cormack

Douglas Cormack

B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in chemistry with subsidiary physics, mathematics and microbiology, 1961, Ph.D in physical chemistry, 1964, all from the University of Glasgow. Oceanographic Research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Mass. USA, 1964-1967; selection by a visiting counter ‘brain- drain’ team of interviewers at the British Embassy in Washington for return to a government laboratory of my choice which resulted in my joining the Industrial and Environmental Warren Spring Laboratory (WSL) of the Department of Trade and Industry in 1967 at the post-doctoral recruitment grade of senior scientific officer. I was promoted to principle scientific officer in 1973, to senior principle scientific officer to head of a newly created marine counter-pollution division in 1974 from which I was level-transferred to the marine division at DTI HQ in 1979 and was returned to WSL as one of two deputy directors as a deputy chief scientific officer in 1986 and promoted director of WSL as a Chief Scientific Officer in 1992. In 1994, 1 requested early retirement to become an independent environmental consultant for the reasons set out in the Campaign Document itself, as are the details of my civil service career as these contributed to my subsequent definitive differentiation of the knowledge/belief dichotomy as published in my third book in 2010.

I was invited to join British Maritime Technology Ltd from 1994 until I left in 1996 on an invitation to become chairman of the British Oil Spill Control Association (BOSCA) and subsequently to become the spokesman for the US-based International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO) when it became an authorised non-governmental organisation for attendance at meetings of the UN International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and at meetings of the associated International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF) Assembly. My experience as an independent consultant from 1996 caused me to write my second book, published in 1999. Again, my post-retirement experience strongly reinforced my earlier recognition of the need for a definitive differentiation of the knowledge/belief dichotomy which I published in my third book in 2010. Thereafter I wrote weekly articles for the ISCO Newsletter which reinterpreted the contents of my first two books in light of the knowledge/belief differentiation of my third book. Again, in the interval to 2017, I created my websites as listed below, and considered, in light of the subsequent Brexit fiasco, the need and opportunity for a public Campaign which would advocate my now definitive knowledge/belief differentiation as the only means of replacing belief with knowledge respecting all past, current, and future governmental policy-making.

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