A Brief Biography
Peter Leon COLLINS, born London, U.K., 1937, emigrated to New Zealand
with his mother at the start of the second world war, in 1940. They ended
up in Christchurch, and when they were joined there by his father at the
end of the war, he was sent to be educated at Cathedral Grammar School
and Christ's College.
School was followed by a series of occupations, including physics
technician, newsagent, and the setting up and running of a landscape and
nursery business for ten years; then a stint at Otago University, which
resulted in a B.Sc. in mathematics.
The degree provided the qualification for a very stressful year teaching
high school, which in turn helped crystalise a decision to enter project
management and consulting in the application of computers to medicine and
business. This was disrupted by: research into methods for teaching
computing skills, at Otago University, as the 1976 winner of the N.Z.
Department of Education 'Excellence in Industry' award; emigration to
Australia in 1980; and in 1990 a skirmish with cancer.
Odds of two to one against surviving, and being reduced by radiotherapy
side-effects to a walking skeleton, led to early retirement. Diet, good
care and rehabilitation exercise eventually achieved a full recovery,
By 1995 professional contracts were once more practical, and these have
included the development of
medical practice management systems, consulting and managing complex
distributed information systems projects, and technical writing.
From 1981 Peter, who has four grown-up children by previous marriages, lived
in the leafy Sydney suburb of Mosman, until the
death of his wife from cancer over twenty years later. At 65 he has remarried and
New Zealand where he is preparing to obtain qualification as a ski nstructor.
He continues to accept writing contracts, as well as turning out short
stories and the occasional novel, 'initially as a pastime' though he
would be pleased to hear from any keen publisher! His other interests
include electronics, music, chess, literature, and cycling.
Copyright © 2003 Peter Leon Collins
v4, 15 October 2003