Mike Cook, veteran technical author and electronics maker, is best known to the public for his series of 200+ articles in The Micro User, Acorn Computing and Acorn User from 1983 to 2000 called the Body Building Course and Run the Risc. Here, he explored the design and build of new gadgets, interfaces and peripherals for the old (vintage) BBC computer and the RISC PC. He also wrote numerous reviews, software articles and managed the readers' problem page.
Mike started work in the late sixties at an industrial electronics company in Oldham. He went on to take a degree in Physical Electronics at Newcastle including a year spent working at the Admiralty Underwater Weapons establishment at Portland. He went on to post graduate research in sound compression at Salford University. He spent over twenty years at Manchester Metropolitan University (initially Manchester Polytechnic) as a Physics lecturer, specialising in computer instrumentation, astronomy and image processing. Later he moved back into industry where he headed the hardware design team for a pioneering digital terrestrial set top box, and has been a development manager for security and RFID products.
He now works freelance as an embedded electronics consultant.
Recently he has been designing even more things in the arena of Physical Computing, exhibiting at the UK Maker Fairs, Mini Maker Fairs and the prestigious New York World Maker fair.
At B.E.A.M. electro-acoustic music festival 2012, he won a competition for the design and build of a new portable musical instrument which, along with many of his recent projects, is on his web site:- www.thebox.myzen.co.uk