Julian is a biologist though he has involved himself, more or less deeply, in a variety of disciplines. Realising that many questions in biology are related to mechanical and engineering problems, and also that such problems frequently yielded a graph before the end of the working day, he began to learn materials science. Insect cuticle gave way to plant materials, animal fibres, shells and bone. To this range he soon added food materials and smart structures. Finding that this form of study had as its corollory the emerging discipline of Biomimetics, he embraced it from a design and philosophical perspective, developing techniques for bridging the gaps between biology and technology. His current thinking includes formulations for the greening of technology and the development of new design concepts.
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