I have worked at the Open University since 1980, becoming professor in 1999. I teach aspects of ICT, and my major research interests are the history and social context of technology. I also have wide-ranging interests in music, art and languages. In addition to my MA(Cantab) in Natural Sciences and a PhD(Open) in the history of technology, I am qualified to degree-equivalent level in French and German (Institute of Linguists), and have a post-graduate level Diploma in Translation. I regularly use Russian in connection with my research, and have studied archive materials at the Academy of Sciences, Moscow and St Petersburg. See, for example, "The role of A. A. Andronov in the development of automatic control", Automation and Remote Control, 2001, 62(6) pp. 863–874, http://oro.open.ac.uk/2250; and "The 'First All-Union Conference on Automatic Control', Moscow, December 1940", IEEE Control Systems Magazine, 2002, 22(1) pp. 15–21, http://oro.open.ac.uk/2251.