December 21, 2015 at 9:54 am #502925
Some years ago there was an outbreak of mysterious deaths involving scientists working in the UK defence and electronics field.
There are a couple here whom I wish to return to subsequently…
….notice the funding of scholarships in their memory, a familiar theme from recent psy-ops.
There’s plenty of references around the web to the complete list, eg
My thesis is that these were faked deaths to create news and scare stories.
More recently this outbreak of suspicious deaths has moved into the field of global warming and climate change. Hmmmm
July 25 2015
complete with the conspiracy claim, still backing up the death angle, that all is not right in the limited hangout by the Cambridge prof.
The three scientists he identified – Seymour Laxon and Katherine Giles, both climate change scientists at University College London, and Tim Boyd of the Scottish Association for marine Science – all died within the space of a few months in early 2013.
Professor Laxon fell down a flight of stairs at a New year’s Eve party at a house in Essex while Dr Giles died when she was in collision with a lorry when cycling to work in London. Dr Boyd is thought to have been struck by lightning while walking in Scotland.
Prof Wadhams [who is Professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University] said that in the weeks after Prof Laxon’s death he believed he was targeted by a lorry which tried to force him off the road. He reported the incident to the police… .
he cited the example of the death of the government’s weapons expert Dr David Kelly. …
Red flag – almost certainly another faked death
His suspicions drew outrage on Saturday from Prof Laxon’s partner, who was also a close friend of Dr Giles. When told what Prof Wadhams had said, Fiona Strawbridge, head of e-Learning at UCL, replied: “Good god. All of this is completely outrageous and very distressing.”
The couple had been staying in a friends’ converted mill in the Essex countryside when her partner fell down the stairs in the early hours of New Year’s Day. He died the next day from head injuries.
“It was very steep stairs and I heard Seymour fall,” said Ms Strawbridge, “It is just completely bonkers [to suggest murder].
“I am sure there are some climate scientists who do get trolled and pursued but Seymour wasn’t one of them. I would have known if anybody had been pursuing him.
“Sometimes there are tragic coincidences and you have to accept that.”
I can’t let this droll comment pass
Weasel Meadows • 5 months ago
Computer models have shown that, at this rate, everyone will have been assassinated by 2050.
Professor Laxon died on 2 January after a fall the preceding day. He is survived by his mother Veronica, his partner Fiona Strawbridge and their daughter Imogen.
We don’t find on the web where the death occurred or any witnesses’ names, or any hospital or hospital staff named. All very zipped up.
On to Dr Giles.
Giles was just 35 and at the “forefront of climate research”, when last Monday morning at 8.25am, cycling to her small office at University College London in Bloomsbury, an HGV turned left at the junction of Palace Street and Victoria Street, colliding with her. She was pronounced dead at the scene, her crushed red bike and wicker basket strewn beside her.
Dr Katharine Giles, a research fellow and lecturer at University College London, was crushed under the wheels of a tipper truck as it turned left into Victoria Street on Monday morning.
Colleagues have spoken of a feeling of “outrageous unfairness” that two deaths have beset the department in such a short space of time. It was Giles who helped Laxon’s wife, Fiona Strawbridge, organise her husband’s funeral at St Marylebone Crematorium.
[Giles] studied Earth and space science at UCL for her undergraduate degree, after A-levels in design technology, maths and physics at Hertfordshire and Essex High School, her local comprehensive in Bishop’s Stortford, and a period volunteering at the Science Museum in 1998 while she was a student.
Her parents, Robert and Albina who later moved to Ipswich, have spoken of their “tragic loss”.
She didn’t have a boyfriend but had a busy life, practising yoga and helping UCL’s Green Society with events to promote environmental awareness……On New Year’s Day Professor Seymour Laxon, 49, her closest colleague and mentor, died after suffering brain damage in a fall the day before.
The truck driver was not arrested, as if there was immediately no suspicion, which is itself a red flag. A precautionary arrest would be sensible before cellphone or drug tests are done.
The damage to the bicycle also looks staged
it looks like one of the fork blades has been wrenched apart from the other rather than crushed
Here comes the usual “citizen journalist” to be picked up by the MSM…
Robert Niven wrote on Twitter: ‘Just walked passed a harrowing scene on Victoria street where a cyclist has been knocked down and unfortunately have lost their life.
How would he know?
More to the point, Giles is cycling away from University College or taking the most circuitous route imaginable to it – she is either turning left into Victoria Street or going straight across into Thirlby Street.
The DAF tipper LG08PGZ of PM Highway Ltd of Erith is seen parked nearby. “it looks like both are turning left”
At 2.04 in the video it can be clearly seen that all the spokes in the front wheel are intact yet the forks are bent outwards at an unbelieveable angle. And the bicycle is then placed for the press photographer to capture, not removed for analysis yet at the start of the BBC video is tantalisingly seen protruding from the blue crime scene tent. Very suspicious.
Victoria Street seems to be a popular place for staged cyclist deaths drills,
There is a sub plot relating to changing regulations relating to trucks – mirrors, side bars etc
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n a statement her parents, Robert and Albina, who are from the Ipswich area, said: “Katharine was a talented scientist responsible for groundbreaking work on global warming.
“Her family are very grateful for all the support and appreciation shown to them over this tragic loss.”
Her death has prompted the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to call for improved safety measures for cyclists in the capital.
He has suggested that no HGV should be allowed to enter London unless it complies with cycle safety equipment.
Seymour William C Laxon had his birth registered twice, once in 1963 and again in 1965.
How the death was announced on the web…with some more detail in the comment from the partner
January 2 2013
by Mark Brandon
I heard today that the UCL Prof Seymour Laxon has died in an accident over the new year. I don’t know the details and to be honest, to me, the “how” is not really that important (*).
* If that sounds insensitive I apologize. To me the “how” is no more important than how my dad died – which I don’t know either. In that case I went to the arctic on a research trip, came back, and my dad was gone. That was all that mattered to me then, and Seymour being now a series of great memories is for me, the same.
January 2, 2013 at 23:26
Thanks Mark for writing this – I will share it with his friends. Seymour died following falling down a flight of stairs in the early hours of new year’s day following a lovely evening with friends at place he loved. He hit the side of his head leading to massive bleeding in his brain. He died today in hospital in Chelmsford. I have family and friends with me and am trying to support Imogen through this – it’s going to be a long haul. I will let you know the funeral details – anyone who wants info please email me
Parallels with the strange death of Sandy Denny and the less well publicised alleged death of Professor Gudrun Loftus at St John’s College in 2010 in Oxford
They are winding stairs and very steep. It is assumed she lost her balance and fell backwards down them.
Insiders at the university insisted her death was a tragic accident. They believe the lecturer tumbled to the ground after she lost her footing on the stairs.
[not to be taken too seriously]
Seymour was the only child of Veronica, a psychology lecturer, and Bill, [William Seymour Laxon, 1912 -1994] a civil engineer and pioneer of computer-aided design.
I had trouble starting this rambling piece, perhaps because I was unwilling to acknowledge that Seymour had left us. Seymour, Fiona and Imogen visited us in Guildford over 22nd/23rd December, and were if anything more upbeat and relaxed than ever, with Imogen excited for Christmas..
In Memory of Seymour Laxon
This is a place where we can remember Seymour. A place where family, friends, colleagues, drinking partners, sparring partners and anyone else he touched or influenced can remember, celebrate or toast him.
Funeral arrangements – details
Seymour was a much loved partner, daddy and friend, a polar professor, space scientist, would-be airline pilot, lego lover, mountain man and proficient plumber. A man with friends all over the world, with a love of life and of living it up.
Also a UCL man to his core.
He was funny, infuriating, great company, irascible, wise, wild, loveable, loving, and softer as a dad than any of us ever thought he could be.
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January 4 2013
I had trouble starting this rambling piece, perhaps because I was unwilling to acknowledge that Seymour had left us. Seymour, Fiona and Imogen visited us in Guildford over 22nd/23rd December, and were if anything more upbeat and relaxed than ever, with Imogen excited for Christmas, and much to look forward to for the three of them. I shall not forget the chat over breakfast coffee and croissants and the casual goodbyes that followed, but how could I have known?
Seymour and Fiona are our friends of many years as well as my colleagues. Seymour first pitched up at UCL’s MSSL as an undergraduate student (around 1986) and was given a third year project in radar altimetry of sea ice. It was my job to help him get up and running with software and data handling. At that time Chris Rapley was building up the Remote Sensing Group (as it was then called), and there were a number of ESA studies running to look at applications of radar altimetry over non-ocean surfaces. The late 1980’s saw an influx of PhD students and postdocs including a young Fiona Strawbridge. It seemed pretty obvious to all of us that Seymour and Fiona would somehow end up together, although I recall it was not always so obvious to them at the time…
MSSL in the late ‘80’s was probably the most sociable workplace I have ever worked in. Pretty much all of us remain friends to this day, in a ‘mates’ way not just a ‘colleagues’ way. They were all into outdoor activities such as rock climbing, walking, the arts, non-mainstream music, having a laugh, and going to the pub.
As the data sets started to roll in (SeaSat, GEOSAT, then ERS-½) Seymour found that yes, one could measure the freeboard of sea ice, but it was really tricky. You need to be on top of everything that contributes to the measurement, and you need to compensate for everything that conspires to mess it up. You need a long time series, a firm grasp of error budgets, a common measurement datum across all instruments, in-situ calibration and colleagues to help with algorithm development and the massive amount of data processing. It is precision geodesy. He refined the techniques over the next 25 years. He also discovered that one could ‘see’ the Arctic-ocean gravity anomalies through the sea ice, leading to papers in Science with his US collaborator Doug McAdoo. While all this was going on we found time to go rock climbing in the summer evenings, and of course to the pub. I remember walking one evening with Seymour and Fiona from Guildford to The Godalming Cider House (now closed) along the River Wey taking turns to carry my daughter Amy (now nearly 26!).
I didn’t realize it at the time, but the way that Seymour and that group of people worked was exceptional, in that they were all practical and multi-skilled as well as academically gifted. It was great to see Seymour get his lectureship and progress to Professor in recent times…
Seymour’s mum Veronica used to own a little house in Dryos on the Greek island of Paros..
-Rob ScottJanuary 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm #541913
The suicide scientist meme in the media seems to have appeared roughly the same time as the ‘mysterious’ banker deaths.
Here’s another scientist one from only yesterday:
Rohith Vemula, a second-year research scholar of science, technology and society studies department of University of Hyderabad, was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in New Research Scholars’ hostel on Sunday night.
“I always wanted to be a writer. A writer of science, like Carl Sagan. At last, this is the only letter I am getting to write,” his suicide note said.
‘If you, who is reading this letter can do anything for me, I have to get 7 months of my fellowship, one lakh and seventy five thousand rupees. Please see to it that my family is paid that. I have to give some 40 thousand to Ramji. He never asked them back. But please pay that to him from that.’January 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm #541981
Oh the surge of “banker deaths” – thanks for reminding me, Nemesis. Several of those were unbelieveable in the extreme, particularly one in Canary Wharf,London.
I also had another look at Katharine Giles. Her well connected parents didn’t bother attending the inquest….
Dr Katherine Giles, of Dibdin House, Maida Vale was killed at 8:25am on April 8 last year as she travelled from a meeting to University College London in Bloomsbury, where she was a lecturer.
Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe, sitting at Westminster Coroner’s Court recorded the 35-year-old as suffering from a traumatic road death after hearing how she was at the junction of Palace Street and Victoria Street near Victoria Station when lorry driver James Matovu turned left into Victoria Street, pulling her bike under the wheels and then crushing her.
CCTV pictures, not shown in court, were said to give a very clear view of the incident and showed how the tipper truck kept its left indicator on after it turned out of a construction site opposite the Cardinal Walk shopping centre and waited at the traffic lights to turn into Victoria Street to drive towards the Houses of Parliament. An audible warning from the lorry was also announcing its left turn.
Dr Giles was seen stopping on the inside front of the truck by witness Charles Lousada, who was cycling behind her. He said: “Everything seemed to happen so slowly. It looked like she was trying to push the bike away from the tipper, then one wheel of the truck made contact with her front wheel and she flipped backwards, then another wheel came in contact with her.
“There was no screaming. I threw my bike onto the floor and ran to the girl. She was motionless on her back, her eyes were open. There was brain exposed and I knew she was dead. Any first aid would not have assisted with the massive head injuries.”
The coroner said Mr Matovu was ‘oblivious’ to the collision and only stopped further up the street when he was flagged down by an off-duty police officer. He then ran back to the scene but Mr Lousada told a member of the public to stop him seeing the horror of the scene.
Dr Giles, who had a first class degree in earth and space sciences and was a leading expert in polar sea ice thinning, was previously described as ‘ready to provide the next generation of leadership in that field’. She was the second out of 14 cyclists killed in London last year, and the first of nine killed by vans or lorries.
Her parents, Robert and Albina Giles, and friends were not at the inquest, although they were aware of it.
I’m not buying this at all. As I said before, there is no way to be in Victoria at this time of the morning if she lives in Maida Vale and works at University College, and who would be having a meeting so early in the morning? It’s absurd.
In fact nobody seems to have been at the inquest. She has a sister Nicola with who she shared the Maida Vale flat at some stage. And another resident at the same flat was, amazingly, a witness to something out of a film…the Admiral Duncan bomb explosion in 1999!!!!
“IT WAS like being in a horror movie.” Sacha Teulon was still dazed, drawing heavily on a cigarette as she described the carnage
“We were sat just round the corner when we heard the blast. I ran to the pub and it was just a blackened hole. It was like a scene from a zombie movie; people stumbling around, half dazed, some with drinks in their hands, others covered in blood.
“I remember a black policeman ran past me to the pub with tears streaming down his face, shouting at people to get away. He was hysterical. I saw one guy with his leg in shreds. One woman just walked up to me covered in blood. She didn’t know what was going on.
“On the other side of the street opposite the pub was a man lying with his leg in tatters and next to him four people sat on white plastic seats covered in blood, not talking, just in total silence.
“It was surreal. It was mindless. Why would you do this?”
That reads like a crisis actor script. For reference, the suspicious Admiral Duncan anti-gay nail bomb is documented here, alleged to have killed three. Hmmm. Perhaps an uncanny coincidence which leads to another suspicious bombing… have we had a look at this? Very similar to Boston. I digress.
Shirley Radcliffe was presiding coroner at the inquest into the apparent death of Amy Winehouse.
Charles Lousada, witness, bears the same name as a former High Sheriff of Bedfordshire who died the previous year, 2012….
http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/Lifeloving-exSheriff-Charlie-business-world/story-21721197-detail/story.htmlJanuary 21, 2016 at 5:47 pm #542018
witness James Matovu an unlikely Ugandan tipper driver with a common name in Uganda, may or may not be James Matovu who was jailed in May 2009 for being a getaway driver in a gas station robbery…
The gang also included 46-year-old James Matovu, of Kebbell Terrace, Claremont Road, Forest Gate, who acted as getaway driver, and was jailed for seven years.October 9, 2017 at 5:00 am #850923
US climate scientist killed in Antarctica accident
Oct 25 2016
Yes, another UK born climate scientist. How curious [see above]
Hamilton fell into [such] a crevasse on Saturday, according to the National Science Foundation. The accident was fatal.
Dr. Hamilton died on White Island in the continent’s Ross Archipelago, according to the University of Maine, in Orono, where he was an associate research professor in the glaciology group at the Climate Change Institute.
Best detail from a Scottish report
. His colleagues said the 100-foot plunge onto hard ice hundreds of feet thick would probably have killed him but that his snowmobile may also have crushed him. His body was hauled out relatively quickly and was returned to his wife and family at their home in Orono, Maine.
Was it really? This is totally unbelievable.
He was particularly concerned about coastal areas of his native Scotland, which he visited regularly, including for his 50th birthday in July, to visit relatives, catch up with his beloved Dark Blues – Dundee Football Club – and nip over to Stornoway to catch a concert by his favourite band, Runrig.
He married Fiona Sorensen, who had been born in Albany, New York state but brought up in England, in the village of Bradford on Avon, west Wiltshire, and they had two sons Martin and Calum.
Although he was immersed in the science of climate change, Gordon also cared deeply about the impact of politics on the climate, and supported candidates who advocated for much needed policy reform. Gordon loved the outdoors, and spent much of his time hiking, biking, skiing, camping, laughing, and spending time with his family and friends. Despite his frequent travels, he loved to come home to his family, cats and close friends.
Gordon will be missed by his wife, Fiona; children, Martin and Calum; his mother and siblings, nieces and nephews, friends and students, and many more.
There will be a private memorial service at the University of Maine. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers. A memorial fund in Dr. Hamilton’s name has been established in the University of Maine Foundation (umainefoundation.org/memorial).November 10, 2017 at 7:35 am #851164
Prompted by a reply of Mahatma coat
I looked again at the Giles/Laxon closely spaced deaths.
Here’s Laxon’s then “partner” [of 19 years] talking about his new, young, brilliant, attractive PhD student…..
Seymour and his brilliant PhD student
I know that my partner’s own untimely death in January came as a massive shock to Katharine. She had the compassion and inner strength to protect me from her own grief, and was hugely supportive. She must have been reeling but she just stepped up, took on the supervision of Seymour’s PhD students and picked up his research. I was so grateful for the bravery and sense of purpose with which she took on these commitments.
When I heard Katharine had died, one of my first thoughts was, how am I going to tell Seymour? Somehow, the shock had made me forget, for a moment, that he was gone.
Dr Giles had taken on new commitments at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at UCL following the accidental death of her colleague Seymour Laxon earlier this year.
A statement from the head of the earth sciences department, Prof Phil Meredith, said: “Coming so soon after the accidental death of Katharine’s own closest colleague, Seymour Laxon, we are all left with a sense of the outrageous unfairness with which some of our best colleagues have been taken from us.
She graduated with a first-class degree in earth and space sciences from UCL…..”We greatly admired the bravery and sense of purpose with which she took on the many commitments in CPOM following Seymour’s demise, and it was clear that she was ready to provide the next generation of leadership in that field.
“This makes it all the more difficult for us to accept that Katharine won’t now have the opportunity to reach the heights she was sure to achieve.”
Details of the deceased
Surname:LaxonFirst name:SeymourMiddle name(s):WilliamDate of death: 2 January 2013
Last address of the deceased
Person Address Details 31 Thornhill Bridge Wharf, Caledonian Road, London N1 0RU
Much of their research was based on “satellite” data
Modern space technology is helping to reveal Earth’s geological past. In a paper published in the 25 April issue of Science, Dr. Seymour Laxon of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey, England and Dr. David McAdoo of the Geosciences Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Maryland, USA have used data from the European Space Agency’s ERS-1 satellite to confirm scientists’ ideas about how Antarctica evolved more than 60 million years ago.
Envisat was ESA’s successor to ERS. Envisat was launched in 2002 with 10 instruments aboard and at eight tons is the largest civilian Earth observation mission.
More advanced imaging radar, radar altimeter and temperature-measuring radiometer instruments extend ERS da
Gta sets. This was supplemented by new instruments including a medium-resolution spectrometer sensitive to both land features and ocean colour. Envisat also carried two atmospheric sensors monitoring trace gases.
The Envisat mission ended on 08 April 2012, following the unexpected loss of contact with the satellite. (See related news from 09 May 2012)
Sudden death, in contrast to ERS-2 which far exceeded its nominal lifetime and was retired on 04 July 2011
There are still, allegedly, plenty of ESA satellites “up there”
e.g. the most recent, Sentinel 5-P launched, allegedly, in October 2017
Cryosat is still up there, so we’re told,an advanced radar altimeter specifically designed to monitor the most dynamic sections of Earth’s cryosphere.
measuring sea ice….
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