Brian J. Ford

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Brian J. Ford
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Born1939 (age 81–82)
Corsham, Wiltshire, England
OccupationScientist, author and broadcaster

Brian J. Ford FLS HonFRMS (born 1939 in Corsham, Wiltshire [1]) is an independent research biologist, author, and lecturer, who publishes on scientific issues for the general public. He has also been a television personality for more than 40 years.


Ford attended the King's School, Peterborough, and then Cardiff University to study botany and zoology between 1959 and 1961, leaving before graduating to set up his own multi-disciplinary laboratory. [2]

Career and positions


Learned Societies

Other positions

He was the first British President of the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations,[ citation needed] founding Chairman of the Science and Technology Authors Committee at the Society of Authors,[ citation needed] and the president of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) of Cambridge University. [9] Ford has been a member of Mensa and was a director of British Mensa from 1993–1997, resigning a few months after being elected for a second term. [10] [11] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society in 1962.

2012 aquatic dinosaur hypothesis

In the April 2012 issue of Laboratory News, Ford put forward the idea that all large dinosaurs were aquatic, arguing that they were too large and heavy to be land animals. [12] Recent oxygen isotope analysis and taphonomic changes show clear evidence for a semi-aquatic lifestyle, however only for the Spinosaurus, so far no sauropod or ornitischian has been shown to be semi-aquatic.. [13] [14] [15]



  • Allied Secret Weapons: the War of Science; Weapons Book #19, ISBN  0-345-02097-9 . USA Ballantine Books, 1970. ISBN  0-356-03746-0, UK, Macdonald, 1970.
  • Microbiology and food, ISBN  0-9501665-0-2 (hardback), UK, Catering Times, 1971. ISBN  0-9501665-1-0 (paperback). UK, Northwood, 1970.
  • German secret weapons, blueprint for Mars, ISBN  0-356-03034-2. Australia, South Africa, & New Zealand, Macdonald.
  • Nonscience . . . or how to rule the world, ISBN  0-7234-0449-6. UK, Wolfe, 1971.
  • The optical microscope manual, past and present uses and techniques, ISBN  0-7153-5862-6. UK, David & Charles, 1973. ISBN  0-8448-0157-7. USA, Crane Russak, 1973.
  • The revealing lens, mankind and the microscope, ISBN  0-245-51016-8. UK, George Harrap, 1973.
  • Microbe power, tomorrow's revolution, ISBN  0-356-08384-5. UK, Macdonald and Jane's, 1976. ISBN  0-8128-1936-5. USA, Stein and Day, 1976.
  • Patterns of sex, the mating urge and our sexual future, ISBN  0-354-04375-7. UK, Macdonald and Janes, 1979. ISBN  0-312-59811-4. USA, St Martin's Press, 1980.
  • The Cult of the expert (hardback) ISBN  0-241-10476-9, (paperback) 0552122491. UK, Transworld, 1982.
  • 101 questions about science, ISBN  0-241-10992-2. UK, Hamish Hamilton, 1983.
  • 101 more questions about science, ISBN  0-241-11246-X. UK, Hamish Hamilton, 1984.
  • Single lens, the story of the simple microscope, ISBN  0-434-26844-5. UK, William Heinemann, 1985. ISBN  0-06-015366-0. USA, Harper & Row, 1985.
  • Compute, how, where, why ... do you really need to? ISBN  0-241-11490-X. UK, Hamish Hamilton, 1985.
  • The food book, ISBN  0-241-11834-4. UK, Hamish Hamilton, 1986.
  • The human body, ISBN  1-85561-013-2. UK, Belitha Books, ISBN  1-85561-040-X. USA, Belitha, 1990.
  • The Leeuwenhoek legacy, ISBN  0-948737-10-7. UK, Biopress, ISBN  1-85083-016-9. UK, Farrand Press, 1991.
  • Images of science, a history of scientific illustration, ISBN  0-7123-0267-0. UK, British Library, 1992. ISBN  0-19-520983-4. USA, Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • My first encyclopaedia of science, ISBN  0-86272-944-0. UK, Kingfisher Books, 1993.
  • The new Guinness book of records quiz book, ISBN  0-85112-635-9. UK, Guinness Publishing, 1994.
  • BSE the facts, ISBN  0-552-14530-0. UK, Transworld, 1996.
  • Genes, the fight for life, ISBN  0-304-35019-2. UK, Cassells, 1999. ISBN  0-304-35019-2. USA, Sterling Publications, 1999.
  • Sensitive souls, senses and communication in plants, animals and microbes, ISBN  0-316-63956-7. UK, Little, Brown, 1999.
  • The Future of food, ISBN  0-500-28075-4. UK, Thames & Hudson, 2000. ISBN  0-500-28075-4. USA and Canada, Thames & Hudson, 2000.
  • Secret language of life, how animals and plants feel and communicate, ISBN  0-88064-254-8. USA, Fromm International, 2000.
  • Using the digital microscope, ISBN  0-9543595-0-X. UK, Rothay House, 2002.
  • Secret Weapons: Technology, Science and the Race to Win World War II, ISBN  1-84908-390-8. UK, Osprey Publishing, 2011.
  • Too Big To Walk: The New Science of Dinosaurs, ISBN  978-0-00-821893-5. UK, William Collins, 2019.

Book chapters

  • "The recovery, removal, and reconstruction of human skeletal remains, some new techniques", chapter in Field manual for museums. Paris, UNESCO, 1970.
  • "Récuperation, enlèvement et reconstitution des ossements", chapter in Musées et recherches sur le terrain. Paris, UNESCO, 1970.
  • Brian J Ford explains why he considers Cardiff the most unappreciated city in the world, chapter in The Cardiff book, ISBN  0-900807-05-9. Barry: Stewart Williams Publishers, 1973.
  • "Discharge to the environment of viruses in wastewater, sludges and aerosols", chapter with JS Slade in Viral pollution of the environment, ed: G Berg, ISBN  0-8493-6245-8. Boca Raton, CRC Press, 1983.
  • "Sexually transmitted diseases", chapter in Sex and Your Health ed J Bevan, ISBN  0-85533-571-8. London, Mitchell Beazley, 1985.
  • "Las Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual y Otras que las Imitan", chapter in El Sexo y la Salud ed J Bevan, ISBN  84-320-4570-5. Barcelona, Editorial Planeta, 1985.
  • "Exploring South Wales", chapter in Walking in Britain, ed J. Hillaby, ISBN  0-00-412272-0. London: William Collins, 1988.
  • Robert Hooke, an introduction to Hooke's Micrographia, commentary on CD-ROM edition of Micrographia, 1665 ISBN  1-891788-02-7. Palo Alto, Octavo, 1998.
  • "Witnessing the birth of the microscope", photoessay in Millennium yearbook of science and the future, ISBN  0-85229-703-3. Chicago, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2000.
  • "Eighteenth-century scientific publishing", chapter in Scientific books, libraries and collectors, ISBN  1-85928-233-4. London, Thornton & Tully, 2000.
  • "Scientific Illustration", chapter in vol 4 of The Cambridge history of science, ed R Porter ISBN  0-521-57243-6. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • "Hidden secrets in the Royal Society archive", chapter 3 in Biological collections and biodiversity, eds BS Rushton, P Hackney and CR Tyrie, ISBN  1-84103-005-8. Otley, Westbury Academic and Scientific Publishing, 2001.
  • "Trouble on the hoof, disease outbreaks in Europe," chapter in 2002 book of the year, ISBN  0-85229-812-9. Chicago, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2002.
  • "Human behaviour and the changing pattern of disease", chapter in The changing face of disease, implications for society, ISBN  0-415-32280-4. London and Boca Raton, CRC Press, 2004.
  • "What Next After SARS?" ( Severe acute respiratory syndrome), chapter in 2004 book of the year, ISBN  0-85229-812-9. Chicago, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2004.
  • " Bird flu, the next pandemic?", chapter in 2006 book of the year, ISBN  1-59339-291-5. Chicago, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2006.


  1. ^ GRO Register of Births: JUN 1939 5a 88 CHIPPENHAM – Brian J. Ford
  2. ^ a b c d "Prof Brian J Ford announced as RMS Honorary Fellow". Royal Microscopical Society. Oxford, UK. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ McCrone Research Institute (McRI) – Chicago, IL Archived 15 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Cambridge Society for the Application of Research | CSAR".
  5. ^ The Royal Literary Fund Archived 4 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "University of Leicester - Scientist, Author and Broadcaster to Support University's Developments in E-Learning".
  7. ^ University of Leicester – Leicester Professor elected at Cambridge
  8. ^ Institute of Biology: The First Fifty Years, Institute of Biology, ISBN  0-900490-37-3
  9. ^ "Society for the Application of Research".
  10. ^ "Mensa Elections", p.4, Mensa Magazine October 1993
  11. ^ "Musical Chairs", p.4, Mensa Magazine March 1998
  12. ^ Ford, Brian J (3 April 2012). "A prehistoric revolution". Laboratory News. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014.
  13. ^ Amiot, R., Buffetaut, E., Lécuyer, C., Wang, X., Boudad, L., Ding, Z., ... & Zhou, Z. (2010). Oxygen isotope evidence for semi-aquatic habits among spinosaurid theropods. Geology, 38(2), 139-142.
  14. ^ Ibrahim, N., Maganuco, S., Dal Sasso, C., Fabbri, M., Auditore, M., Bindellini, G., ... & Pierce, S. E. (2020). Tail-propelled aquatic locomotion in a theropod dinosaur. Nature, 581(7806), 67-70.
  15. ^ Beevor, T., Quigley, A., Smith, R. E., Smyth, R. S., Ibrahim, N., Zouhri, S., & Martill, D. M. (2021). Taphonomic evidence supports an aquatic lifestyle for Spinosaurus Cretaceous Research, 117, 104627. .

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