career has included a couple of decades in government and management,
proprietor of a Science Fiction & Fantasy bookshop, a stint in
direct marketing and now finds himself in the finance industry. However
his main passion has always been science and exploration. Especially
the exploration of new frontiers such as Sea and Space.
an amateur astronomer he has recorded solar activity, observed a total
solar eclipse in Hawaii and studied the planets of our solar system.
He had the privilege of serving a term as President of the NSW Branch
of the British Astronomical Association.
he would like to explore Space in a more direct fashion, he tried
to make space development a reality by joining the National Space
Society of Australia and became involved in their activities including
help with organization of several Space conferences.
the Internet really took of he was the sysop of a bulletin board system,
Vulcan's World which specialized in Space, Astronomy and Science Fiction.
The BBS was an important information source for the public and amateur
years ago he heard about the League of the New Worlds and their hands
on approach to exploration, both Space and the Undersea. So Ralph
enrolled in the League and completed the Astronaut course. He also
decided to take up SCUBA diving and become an Aquanaut but at that
stage couldn't swim. After learning to swim he archived his PADI Open
Water certification. He has dived extensively around Sydney as well
as the Great Barrier Reef and Vanuatu. Eventually he was able to visit
the Jules Underwater Lodge were he became a PADI qualified Aquanaut.