Letter: Stephen Salter obituary


Because the inventor Stephen Salter famous in a journal article in 2016, whereas the nuclear trade sabotaged his renewable vitality analysis, it was Nigel Lawson, as vitality secretary, who pulled the plug on it in 1982.

A type of on the UK Atomic Vitality Authority who had risked their jobs by sending paperwork stated in a word: “Simply since you aren’t paranoid doesn’t imply they aren’t out to get you.”

I first met Stephen once I was a toddler, and he was constructing Freddy the Robotic, pioneered by my father, Donald Michie. A few years in the past, Stephen informed me: “I bear in mind ridicule within the Sixties when your father predicted that in the future each baby would have their very own laptop. Maybe he ought to have stated three.”

After Idi Amin expelled the Ugandan Asians in 1972, Stephen hosted a household in his Edinburgh flat. He at all times championed migration, innovation and environmental sustainability.


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