DrMalcalmBSpleadDr Malcalm B. Splead

"Dr Malcalm B. Splead is Head of Snow Studies in the University of Devizes, UK. Despite leaving school at the age of sixteen with only one qualification—a City and Guilds Certificate Level 1 in Home Economics*—Malcalm quickly matured into one of the most outstanding scientists of his generation, completing a BSc in Snow Studies (First Class Hons) in just three weeks and writing up for a PhD on the theory of the snowosphere in an incredible two months. After a three-year postdoc at the Technical University in Swanage (Dorset) in which he worked on various methods of weighing snow at different altitudes, Malcalm was appointed as Head of Snow Studies at Devizes in 1998. Dr Malcalm is widely acknowledged to be one of the few top experts in the world on the snowosphere."

[* Dr Malcalm would also like to add that he almost passed his Cycling Proficiency Test.]


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Items mentioned in / relevant to the interviewDrSpleadAtWork

  • International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (https://cryosphericsciences.org/)

  • Met Office (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/)

  • US National Snow & Ice Data Center (https://nsidc.org/)

  • Fredrick T. Morris & Edwin Judd, The Snowoshere Hypothesis, Oxford University Press (1854)

  • Sebastian Hardwick & Bartholemew C. Mayer, The Snowosphere Observed, Brill (1957)

  • Cynthia K. Goodman, The Unspoken Sphere and the Mathematics of Infinity, STUP (Swanage Technical University Press) (1948)

  • Cynthia K. Goodman, "Weight and Unweight : the Mathematics of Snow as Antimatter", in Malcalm B. Splead & Iain C. Flake, New Approaches in Snow Studies, University of Devizes Press (1989), pp. 126 - 144

  • Thorn, Colin (1978). "The Geomorphic Role of Snow", Annals of the Association of American Geographers

  • Iain M. Livermore, ed., An Introduction to Snow Studies, OUP (2009)

  • Zawadski et al, "Snow Studies. Part I : A Study of Natural Variability of Snow Terminal Velocity", American Meterological Society (May 2010)

  • Szyrmer & Zawadski, "Snow Studies. Part II: Average Relationship between Mass of Snowflakes and Their Terminal Fall Velocity", American Meterological Society (October 2010)

  • Devizes - Wiltshire's Hidden Gem (https://www.devizes.org.uk/)

  • City & Guilds (https://www.cityandguilds.com/)

  • Cycling Proficiency Test UK (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_Proficiency_Test)

  • April Fools' Day (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day


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