Happy Birthday Andrew Hanson

Andrew Hanson (left)  and myself standing by an alien landing pod somewhere in London

Andrew Hanson (left) and myself standing by an alien landing pod somewhere in London

Today is Andrew Hanson’s birthday: Happy Birthday Andrew !

It would not be polite to disclose Andrew’s actual age. So let me just say that if he were twice this age he would get a message from the Queen. Wow!

Anyone who has met Andrew – and in his role as NPL’s Outreach Supremo that is a very large number of people – will have puzzled as to the source of his energy: it seems boundless.

Of course we all know that our energy comes from food, but as we get older we get less able to turn food energy into kinetic energy of our limbs.

And it was this concern that inspired my gift. I was thinking about  the way Andrew is able to draw energy from his environment – when I realised that he was at heart a heat engine.

So I have bought him a supplementary heat engine. My hope is that in addition to his internal biological resources, it will allow him to convert environmental  energy into energy of motion.

Hopefully it will keep him going for a year or two longer. Keep up the good work!

A Stirling Engine turns a flow of heat into mechanical motion

A Stirling Engine turns a flow of heat into mechanical motion

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One Response to “Happy Birthday Andrew Hanson”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Awesome Stirling engine, thanks Michael,

    Your gift gives me hope. If we can make such elegant machinery move so graciously from a cooling cup of tea/coffee, surely we can capture the 1/1000 of radiant solar energy falling on earth needed to drive all human activity, rather than burn millions of years worth of chemical heritage in a few human lifetimes.

    This isn’t wildly optimistic/simplistic/naive but necessary, and thankfully humanity has started this conversion, partly down to your lobbying.

    Energy is useless without good direction, and Michael, you’re responsible for much of my direction, so thanks.

    Andrew

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