Memorial meeting: further details

Nigel Calder


Memorial meeting

Royal Astronomical Society

Burlington House


London W1J OBQ

Tuesday 2 December 2014 at 4pm

Followed by an informal reception 5-6pm

Speakers will include:

  • Paul Bonner (BBC Head of Science and Features 1975-1979)
  • Hamish Mykura (Channel 4 Commissioning Editor 2001-2011)
  • Dr Stuart Clark (ESA Science Journalist 2001-2005)
  • Dr David Whitehouse (BBC Science Correspondent and Science Editor BBC News Online, 1988-2006)
  • Professor Henrik Svensmark (Danish Technical University)

To request a seat, please email  Places are quite limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to share a memory of Nigel, please comment below, or send an email to the above address.


3 Responses to Memorial meeting: further details

  1. Mervyn says:

    I always had great respect for Nigel and his career. I particularly admired his courage for speaking out against the catastrophic man-made global warming propaganda. It was a very sad day indeed when he passed away.

    Nigel will be forever remembered here in Australia.

  2. Steve says:

    I ‘discovered’ Nigel at a used book store in the early 1980s when I stumbled across “The Key to the Universe”. I then read everything that he wrote that I could find. It was a wonderful day when I discovered Dr Calder online. We have lost a brilliant man and a great communicator. My greatest regret is that I never emailed him and thanked him for the knowledge he gave me. So I’ll say here what I should have said to the great man himself:
    THANK YOU Dr Calder for all you’ve done for me and humanity. RIP, Sir- you are missed.

    Steve/Tennessee, USA
    Science First! politics last.

  3. Orson Olson says:

    I’m sure that my first encounter with Nigels work came in the 1970s and “The Weather Machine.” Naturally, I rediscovered this with his blogging here and “The Chilling Stars.” And then “Magic Universe.”

    I had hoped to visit the UK and join the celebration of his life and many labor’s and loves in person. Wonderfully, a family member even E-mailed me to see if I was going to make it from Denver, Colorado. (Thank you! So kind of you to ask.) Health problems, however, quashed that hope.

    I think that Nigel Calder’s writings and many documentaries tell us much about himself and the science of our times. He seems to have stuck especially to three themes: biology and genetics; astronomy and the sun; and weather and climate.

    I do hope that his letters, documents, his library or at least many film have been deposited into a worthy archive, because I believe there is an important opportunity to write worthy and substantial biography of this great and pioneering science journalist.

    While I’m not myself up to such a big task, I’m going to keep on spreading the needful task and great opportunity for a champion to carry through this project to its end.

    In our time, there is less money to be made and books. But how about the history of modern science through this eminent science populariser’s own films? A multipart television history? I think this is golden. And for a goodly soul, career making work! As well as a needed memorial to the man.

    Therefore, a Big Thanks to those responsible for maintaining this web site. I hope this remains up and online until the ambitious writer finds a mission or missions along the lines that I propose. Carry on,

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