Being appointed to a research post at the SAAO in late 1980. I worked my
way steadily downwards from research to head of Telescope Operations by 2004.
In 2006, I was forced to take early retirement and then – bizarrely – given
a two year contract to continue working there. Around 2007, I was awarded
an honorary “Extraordinary” Professorship at UWC where I have bumbled along
happily until the present. My research interest have included early-type
stars and galactic structure; the interstellar medium; R Coronae Borealis
stars, the Hydrogen-deficient Carbon stars and the hot “extreme helium”
stars; eclipsing binary stars; and pulsating stars – especially the evolved
hot subdwarf and white dwarf stars. I recently completed the Edinburgh-Cape
Blue Object Survey – a search for new hot objects in the Southern sky – and
can now die a happy man. I am involved in collaborations searching for
exoplanets around sdB and white dwarf pulsators and am also working on
variable amplitudes and periods in known sdB/sdO pulsators as well as
continuing to search for new members of the class.