About

The Perspective Research Centre (PRC) is a research and educational centre focused on the visual dimensions of Art, Science and Technology.

The PRC collects materials on the history, theory and applications of perspective, projection methods and spatial concepts. It uses electronic media to explore new approaches to knowledge and education.

We house a vast art/science library related to optics, perspective, photography/film/television and the eye/vision (5,500 volumes), plus maintain the standard World Bibliographic Database On Perspective.

In summary, PRC seeks grand unification of visual/perspective knowledge across art, science, and technology. QED.

Dr Alan Radley , Blackpool, UK.


Kim Veltman

For over 40 years, Kim Veltman was the acknowledged world’s number one expert on Perspective, being a ‘historian of the future’; a scholar who fervently studied the past—so that we might all learn how to shape the future conscientiously for the benefit of humanity. He did so whilst being cognisant of the fact that there are—in reality—no isolated topics and/or unbreachable boundaries between things/ processes or people/organisations; because everything is connected to everything else (potentially and in one sense or another). Accordingly, Kim sought holistic viewpoints and uniting world-views—and he emphasised the myriad of links between different cultures, religions, subjects, alphabets and languages.

Kim Veltman was a colleague of the renowned new media scholar Professor Marshall McLuhan, Art historian Sir Earnst Gombrich; and Leonardo scholar Professor Kenneth Keele (keeper of the Leonardo da Vinci manuscripts for the Queen), plus Kim worked closely with human vision experts Professor(s) B.A.R Carter, A.C. Crombie plus R.A. Weale. PRC director Alan Radley continues this tradition of scholarly comradeship, and accordingly Alan was a close friend and colleague of Kim Veltman for over 20 years at VMMI. Overall, we wish to grasp Kim’s legacy; and to understand how it can be continued.

Kim often ended our conversations; ‘To Be Continued, Dear Alan’. And that is precisely what we intent to do with respect to his amazing work. Wish us luck! 

Dr Alan Radley , Blackpool, UK.

E: alansradley[at]gmail.com.


Alan Radley

Alan Radley is the Scientific Director of  the Perspective Research Centre.

Alan holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University College London, and he has worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Maastricht McLuhan Institute, Senior Scientist plus Lecturer at NASA/ESA, and University College London.

Alan holds one granted patent, and has several others under development. He serves on a number of scientific committees for the International Association of Interactive Communication. Alan has been a member of 60 professional organisations; and he has attended over 100 scientific / technology conferences and meetings worldwide (often as a keynoter).

Alan has been a co-author/co-editor of 5 handbooks on computing (he is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Blue Herons Computing Editions); plus he is a member of the scientific committee for the international Alaipo conferences in Italy and Spain and the CCGIDIS Communicability Symposia.

Alan is the author of several other books including being editor in 2021 of Prof. Kim Veltman’s 8 volume ‘Encyclopaedia of Perspective’, and author in 2017 of the much-heralded ‘The Science Of Cybersecurity’, and in 2015 the encyclopaedic ‘Self As Computer‘. Currently Alan is working on several new books including ‘The Universal Knowledge Machine‘.

In 2020, Alan was awarded a prestigious Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).