Troubador Professor Custard

Released: 28/03/2022

ISBN: 9781803130231

Format: Paperback

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Professor Custard

One Boy’s Quest to Fulfil His Dreams


Born out of wedlock into a poor working-class family in Aspull, Wigan, immediately after the second World War, Peter Gregory would attend the newly built Aspull Secondary Modern School where an inspirational science teacher would change his life entirely.

Obsessed with science, particularly chemistry, and armed with the equivalent of a honours degree, Peter worked his way up at ICI and AstraZeneca from a Laboratory Assistant to Group Leader. There, he successfully led his group to be the world leaders in inventing and producing ink jet dyes and infrared absorbers. His work was recognised in academia, where he was appointed a professor at the University of East Anglia, and was sought after to speak at prestigious international conferences around the world.

Covering the life of Peter Gregory from birth to present day, Professor Custard reflects the many ups and downs expected of life; it is a mixture of many things. Of ambitions and triumphs. Of failures and disasters. Of love and hate. But most of all, it is a story of the strength of the human spirit to overcome everything to achieve an ambition and a dream. And to never give up.

Science fiction has always fascinated me.

Even as a child I wondered if there was intelligent life out there in the vastness of the Cosmos and, if so, what would it be like. Would it be friendly, peaceful and benevolent, and bring an end to all suffering and war on planet earth, or would it be aggressive and warlike, intent on annihilating the human race?

In The Dark Freeze I have used my scientific background to describe what might happen if we ever did encounter a technologically advanced race of aliens.

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Hi. Professor Custard, aka Professor Peter Gregory, welcomes you to his webpage.

Why Professor Custard? Well, over his 37 years at work as a research chemist with ICI, AstraZeneca and Avecia (change of company, not location or job) Peter calculated the quantity of custard he'd consumed at lunch times. It was a whopping 3.5 tons!

Peter and his hi-tech colours group were the world leaders in inventing and supplying ink jet dyes and inks to the major ink jet printer manufacturers such as HP, Canon, and Seiko Epson, so if you use an ink jet printer, it is likely that you are using at least one of his group's dyes. During his time at work Peter was in constant demand as a speaker at prestigious international scientific conferences, published numerous literature papers and has over 100 patents to his name. He co-authored a best selling text book Organic Chemistry in Colour and is the author of High Technology Applications of Organic Colorants. He retired in 2002.

During his retirement Peter has used his scientific background to write two sci-fi novels and a crime thriller, as well as his autobiography entitled, unsurprisingly, Professor Custard. The Dark Freeze is the first to be published.

In addition to writing, Peter is an avid fan of Wigan Warriors Rugby League Football Club, a keen gardener, and a walker, his favourite area being the Lake District. He lives in West Bolton with his wife Vera (her on the gondola) - they have just celebrated their Golden Wedding - and has two grown-up married sons, Andrew and Michael, and a grandson Joshua.


With his wife Vera, on a gondola in Venice
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