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Michael Hawker

Born in North Devon in 1932, Mike Hawker is descended from many generations of blacksmiths and farm workers who lived in East Devon.

The author’s interest in farming developed over more than a decade of working on farms, first as a helper and part-time employee and then as a full-time worker.  He took a degree in agriculture at Reading and an M.Sc. in agricultural engineering at Newcastle.  Three years research and a PhD led to lecturing posts, first at Edinburgh and then as head of engineering at Askham Bryan College.  Before retiring he became senior manager responsible for the estate and the buildings on the college sites.

Dr Hawker is an Honorary Member of City and Guilds.  He served on numerous committees and was syllabus writer and examiner in both horticultural mechanisation and agricultural engineering.  He visited Ghana on behalf of City and Guilds and the British Council to develop examination systems in agricultural engineering, and was joint author of a textbook on horticultural machinery that was widely used in colleges for over twenty years.  Dr Hawker was also national examiner for several other examining boards and was an active member of the committees of both the Agricultural Training Board and the Road Transport Board.

Although his heart still lies in Devon, Mike continues to live in Yorkshire.  He is married, with three daughters and six grandchildren.

Farmers Boy 2005

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