About Me

Richard Farrar

Hi, I’m Richard, and welcome to my blog. By trade I’m an electronic engineer, although as is often the case, life has the habit of taking us on unplanned journeys…

I graduated from university with a degree in Electronic Engineering and spent the first years of my career working for a LASER firm, designing and developing a range of medical and industrial LASER systems. During this time I also qualified as a Chartered Engineer.

Over the years my career has primarily been as a systems engineer, running research and development projects for numerous blue chip companies from high powered LASER systems to state-of-the-art, award winning Hi-Fi systems.


However, in July 2000 things took a turn for the worse when I dived into my next door neighbour’s swimming pool, breaking my neck and leaving me paralysed from the neck down.

That kind of stopped me in my tracks for a while, but I slowly managed to get my head straight and began to look forward. The first thing I achieved was developing a website for a band I used to play in, which was quite cathartic I guess and part of the healing process.

During this period, I also managed to complete my PhD thesis, based on my previous work with LASERs, graduating in 2003.

On the the way I’ve been guided and assisted by a plethora of information on the web, posted by many selfless individuals. So this blog is an attempt to redress the balance and give something back to web community.

Additional information

Speaker iconMusic: Music has been a significant part of my life for a long time, from playing in bands to watching live groups.
LASER warning symbolPhD Thesis: A combination of LASER physics and microbiology; using C02 lasers to sterilise microrganisms.
Light bulbPatent: International patent that I was involved in and contributed towards.
DABDigital Radio: My development of a reference standard DAB hi-fi tuner.


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