Supporters of completing metrication will be saddened to learn of the death of Australian consultant and campaigner, Pat Naughtin.
Pat died on 16 July 2011 after a long illness. His partner, Wendy, writes:
“It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that my beloved Pat died on Saturday. He was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in March 2010, and since then has had chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and survived a large operation last year. Throughout he not only continued his correspondence and newsletters,he also gave talks to groups all over Victoria, some as large as 400 to 600people, and some as small as 20, urging people to have a bowel scan. Bowel cancer has one of the best survival rates if detected early. Pat’s Rotary club actively promoted scans and Pat helped in their promotion, but never had one himself.
There will be two more newsletters, as Pat wanted to finish them at 100 – he was only sorry that this wouldn’t happen in October!
In honour of Pat please have a bowel scan.”
UKMA members who attended the 2007 AGM and Annual Conference will remember Pat’s keynote presentation, in which he described Australia’s successful conversion to the metric system in the 1970s. During his stay in England he also visited the British Library, where he unearthed a previously little known passage from Bishop John Wilkins’ 1668 essay in which he proposed a universal system of measurement on decimal principles. Pat even managed to get the BBC’s science correspondent to report the discovery, and the result can be seen in part of this newsclip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2TQDCuNol4&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL.
Pat also maintained a formidable website, http://www.metricationmatters.com/, and published a regular newsletter. It is to be hoped that the valuable material in Pat’s website can be maintained in some form.
UKMA’s condolences go to Wendy and their family.