Raymond Leonard: Scientist, Novelist, Poet or Latter-day Prophet?
Raymond Leonard was born during an air-raid on the centre of Manchester, in which his parent's home was destroyed. As a youth, in the city slums, he devised many ways of helping the family budget, including being a newspaper boy and running a fruit and vegetable stall on bombed land. Having left school at 14, he went on to win a State Scholarship and then a Ph.D. After a Senior Industrial Career he joined the academic staff at Manchester University. Here he founded his own department of Total Technology, which won the Queen's Anniversary Prize presented at Buckingham Palace. During his academic career he supervised numerous doctoral students, wrote over 200 research papers in science and engineering and a textbook on Applied Technology. He also co-authored the book 'How to Avoid The British Disease' which the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher referred to as being her 'little Bible'.
Lifelong passions for Professor Leonard are science, religion and the future. These interests inspired a series of futuristic novels. When the Daily Express was reviewing The Nostradamus Inheritance it carried the headline 'Scientist Predicts The Day The World Will End'. This caused widespread concern in the UK. The headline also helped the book hit the best seller lists, and even find translation into Japanese and Hindi. This public concern for the future was heightened when Professor Leonard's own predictions in The Nostradamus Inheritance started to become chillingly fulfilled. Other predictions in subsequent novels, such as the immediate collapse of the Soviet Union, as forecast in Legacy of The Shroud, now titled The Jesus Clone, added to his growing reputation as a Latter-day Prophet. This prophetic image resulted in Professor Leonard giving the Cardinal Newman Lecture at Oxford University. Here the title was 'Reconciling Prophesy With Freewill'. It was noted that the Old Library was filled to capacity for Professor Leonard's presentation.
All Raymond Leonard's five novels, recently revised by the author, are now available on Amazon/Kindle. There is also an Amazon edition of the complete collection of his poems (published or otherwise). A selection of these poems are freely available for reading on his website, www.rayondleonard.com. The poems, entitled, Pearls Along The Path, bridge the wrongly perceived divide between Science and Faith. They also give a vision of the world that awaits ourselves and our fragile Earth.