I am 77 years old , my working life started at the age of 14, one of 6 children we were quite poor- my 1st job was with a small radio shop in East London, at this time I used to cycle from North London to work–3 nights a week I attended the Northern Polytechnic. So my day started at 8 am to cycle to work, on the 3 nights of school days I would arrive home at approx 10 pm.
I obtained City & Guilds in electronics & worked in various retail establishments as an engineer. During national service I joined theR.E.M.E. as ra adar engineer (because I would not sign for 3 yr engagement I had to pass the army test as though I had had years of army training). My time was spent in Egypt & I never saw one radar installation – on demob, I again went back to servicing TV etc.
I applied for a position with Mullards (part of Phillips electronics) and was in charge of the technical edit dept, I moved on to join GEC and worked on the teletex system as seen on TV today.
I then went out on the road as a technical sales engineer selling electronic components. After a period I joined Ferranti electronics, who were the originators of today’s microchips these were known as ULAs (un-committed logic arrarys) alas overtaken by the Japanese.
During my time with this company I was involved in the design of system X for the Post Office. This was the original Digital system for telephones. The P.O took so long to make a decision that the original system was installed in Brazil.
Some other the other projects were the Sinclair C5 electric trike, BBC computer, fuses for various weapon systems, radio systems for the army, and the only nuclear proof chip for the Navy, plus others.
An interesting time and am still working.
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