Third Wednesday of the month, starting at 10:00 am.
Please see below …
21st October 2020 - Richard Cottrell
Sir Jack Drummond - Scientist, Icon or Spy?
Sir Jack Drummond (1891 – 1952) was a world famous nutritionist who is credited with
devising the system of rationing used in World War Two.
His murder in 1952 has never been adequately explained.
A fresh look at the evidence shows that:
He was using a false surname throughout his adult life
The rationing system was devised by the Ministry of Supply well before he took any
part in the Ministry of Food, and
The circumstances of his death strongly suggest he was trying to defect to Russia
16th December 2020 - Michael Wardle
The Magic of Mathematics …
Michael Wardle, a founder member of the Purbeck U3A, holder of the Silver Star of
the Magic Circle, former Mathematics Teacher and author of several mathematics and
computing books, will present an outline of a number of the most fascinating results
in Mathematics, including what are recognised to be the “Most Beautiful” and the
“Most Surprising” in the subject.
18th November 2020 - Jim White
The Flora of Purbeck
Purbeck is renowned for its rich biodiversity. Jim White’s talk will touch on some
of the reasons for this and explore the main habitats and examples of typical flora,
both the relatively widespread and the scarce.
Jim White, who has previously lead an S&T meeting and Field Trip in 2016, has worked
in nature conservation for his entire career. He first obtained a BSc degree in Botany
from London University in 1969 and has lived in Purbeck for over 40 years. He moved
here from Hampshire to work for the Nature Conservancy Council/English Nature, where
for the last 12 years of his employment he was the Dorset Team Manager.
Jim retired in 2006, following which he was elected as a Trustee of Dorset Wildlife
Trust. He was made an MBE in 2008 for ‘services to nature conservation in Dorset’.
He is soon to step down from his chairmanship of the Dorset AONB Board, and is a
regular volunteer with the National Trust on botanical and bryological (mosses, liverworts,
etc) surveys in Purbeck.