John Powell - Books on Ghana

Grassroots economic development in the Third World - How a university of science and technology can help.

About Me

Born in Bristol, England in 1937, I was educated at Cotham Grammar School and the University of Southampton. After gaining a PhD in mechanical engineering I helped found Westwind Air Bearings Ltd., manufacturers of high speed drilling spindles used in manufacturing computers and other electronic products. In 1970, I published the book: Design of Aerostatic Bearings (Machinery Publishing Company).

Career in Ghana  
In February 1971 I took up a post at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and a year later I was appointed the first director of the Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC) to promote a grassroots industrial development programme. In 1986, this work was taken up by the Government of Ghana and extended to all ten regions of the country under the GRATIS Project. I served as Director and Technical Adviser to GRATIS until 1992 and then continued the work with Intermediate Technology Ghana, an NGO, until 1997.

Vietnam and China
From 1997 to 1999, I served as International Technical Training Expert to a UNIDO project in Vietnam, based mainly in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Then I worked in Hanoi for two years as a freelance consultant. In 2001, I worked for one year for the EU-China Project, based at Liuzhou in Guanxi Province.

In Retirement
In 2010, I published the novel: The Colonial Gentleman's Son and in 2013, the sequel: Return to the Garden City, was published. In 2015, a book for older children and teenagers: Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer, was published.

Saint George: Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer
In a world infested by monsters intent on harassing the citizenry and scaring the livestock, you need an efficient Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment. 

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