Graham G Hawker

Graham G Hawker was the Managing Director of Metrotel Multi-Media Limited until he retired to Spain. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from the University of Liverpool and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of London.

After graduating he joined CEIR, the Management Consultancy subsidiary of British Petroleum, where he developed a combat simulation program for the evaluation of new weapon types.

(It was there that he met Douglas Blacklock, the eccentric UK champion of the artificial language, NEO, invented by Arturo Alfandari. Douglas Blacklock also introduced him to Christopher Hook, the British inventor of the Hydrofin (see also here). Blacklock's own invented language, TUNGL, was an influence in Mr Hawker's later philosophical development and was one of the reasons he much later (in 1999) became involved in the Tureck Bach Research Foundation).

Mr Hawker moved in 1970 to the British Oxygen Company (BOC) where he designed and implemented a large mathematical model of their national production and distribution complex. This enabled BOC to make very substantial cost reductions, and became a case study for the Open University. During this time, Mr Hawker studied Corporate Finance at the London Business School and became a Mathematics Tutor for the Open University. His wife, Christine, was one of the first Open University students, studying the Arts.

After a spell in the Airport Innovations Group at British Airports Authority, Mr Hawker joined Grand Metropolitan and became Technical Director of their computer and systems company. He was also a director of two other Grand Metropolitan subsidiaries: the innovative HiTech Electronics Ltd and Marian Electronics.

During this time Mr Hawker was the UK representative on the Diebold Europe Research Program and gave a presentation on the future of computing at their conference in Paris

In 1982 he left Grand Metropolitan to found Metrotel, which specialised in software for public information systems and associated consultancy. Metrotel software and consultancy skills have been used world-wide in the provision of electronic information to the public.

In 1993 Metrotel was one of the first companies in the UK to see the potential of the newly created World Wide Web and started creating web sites for UK blue chip companies. Clients included BT, AT&T, St George plc, The Berkeley Group plc, Rank Entertainment, Bass Leisure and Holiday Inns. Metrotel created some of the earliest multi-media web pages for the launch of the Virtual World complex at London's Trocadero Centre.

Mr Hawker also arranged several exhibitions of Japanese Art and Calligraphy in London, and one of the exhibitors, the distinguished calligrapher Mukon Ohmori, now displays his work on the World Wide Web.

Now living in Marbella, Spain, Mr Hawker maintains an interest in the web as can be seen in his pages at Connected Globe

Hobbies include fencing, walking, and reading as well as simply enjoying life.

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