Dr Perrin's story
After qualifying in Chemistry and Agricultural Chemistry, followed by a PhD in Soil Science, Dr Perrin joined the Royal Artillery in 1939 (on Friday 13th, no less).
From his first role as an Artillery Survey Officer to his later years as an educator, maps were a constant feature of his professional life.
Dr Perrin served in Egypt, Syria, Sicily, Salerno and Naples from 1941 until 1944, when he qualified as an aerial observation pilot and was promoted to Captain. It was shortly afterwards that Dr Perrin met his beloved wife, Wendy. He then served in the RAF in India and was demobilised in 1946.
Dr Perrin later became a member of the Geologists Pool Royal Engineers, serving in the Army Emergency Reserve as a soils specialist. He served for ten years, working on projects in Malaysia and East Africa.
In February 1986 Dr Perrin chaired a meeting of members of the Armourers and Brasiers' Company with delegates from universities and industry, to determine how the Armourers might best give support to metallurgy. This led to the establishment of the Metals Committee and its policy of supporting education, from primary schools up to the Royal Society Medal.