Last updated March 2005
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Adam Hart Davis lives in the west of England and currently
works as a freelance photographer, writer and broadcaster.
Born on 4 July 1943, he was educated at Eton college
where he obtained A-Levels in physics, chemistry and maths.
His studies have fuelled a lifelong passion for science
and Adam went on to gain a first class degree at Oxford University and
a DPhil in organometallic chemistry at York.
Before presenting, he spent five years in publishing
and then 17 years at Yorkshire Television as a researcher and producer
on series such as Arthur C Clarke's World of Strange Powers.
Adam also invented and produced Scientific Eye, the
most successful school science series on TV which was used in around
70 per cent of secondary schools in the UK and in 35 other countries.
In 1990, and in his own words "fat and unfit", Adam
bought a pink and yellow mountain bike and began his career with Local
Heroes, a series in which he rode around the country investigating dead
Six of the Local Heroes series were broadcast on BBC
TWO, finishing in summer 2000.
Other BBC credits to Adam's name include Top Ten Treasures,
What The Stuarts Did For Us, What The Victorians Did For Us, What The
Romans Did For Us and Tomorrows World.
In February 2005, Adam Hart Davis returned to BBC TWO
with What The Ancients Did For Us - a major series looking at the inventions of past civilizations
including the Greeks, the Arabs and the Ancient Britons.
Adam is involved with several societies including the
Royal Society of Arts, the Institution of Lighting Engineers and even
the British Toilet Association!
Amongst other achievements he has received a Medal from
the Royal Academy of Engineering for the public promotion of engineering.