Richard Aldridge graduated with a First class Honours degree in Physics (Theoretical) from Imperial College (University of London) in 1963 and then moved to the Royal Society Mond Laboratory at Cambridge to research in the then new field of liquid metal physics with Dr Tom Faber. His particular field of study was the galvanomagnetic properties of these materials. He gained his PhD in 1967.

In that year he was offered a post by the U.K.A.E.A. as a Senior Research Associate at their Culham establishment to work on a program that was concerned with a fundamental study of the physics of thermonuclear plasma instabilities: in particular the instabilities associated with drift waves. During this study he helped develop a technique that led to the first reported active control of drift wave instabilities.

Richard joined UEA in 1969 as a Lecturer in Physics and his main research interest for the next 10 years or so was the effect that atomic disorder might have on the physical properties of materials (collective magnetism and electrical transport for example). In the late 70's and early 80's he was one of a small team of people involved in the inception and founding of engineering at UEA. This programme initially based in the School of Mathematics and Physics moved to the new School of Information Systems in 1985. He became a Lecturer in Electronics in that year with responsibilities mounting and administering the teaching programme in that discipline.

In 1993 he spent a sabbatical semester as Visiting Professor in Electronics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Over the years he has maintained close links with the Open University particularly in the field of electronics and associated disciplines. He has been a course consultant and an examiner for several of the electronics and instrumentation courses. He has also been a Part-Time Tutor for a variety of courses from basic electronics to Third Level Signal processing and Control. In the early days of OU Summer Schools at UEA he acted as the UEA Liaison Officer.

He has acted as a consultant to a wide range of industries both local and national including Datron, Diamond H Controls, Lotus Engineering and Smith's Industries. He has also been responsible for the design, mounting and delivery of many short courses for both industry and education in a range of areas from basic microprocessor technology through C programming to basic electronics in the school curriculum.


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