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Paul Scorer obituary

My friend and fellow glider pilot Paul Scorer, who’s got died of pancreatic cancer aged 72, was obviously a scientist and innovator who came up with the hugely successful weather-forecasting site for glider, paraglider and hang-glider pilots, UK Rasp (regional atmospheric soaring prediction).

He seemed to be a senior lecturer in computing at Leeds Metropolitan University (formerly Leeds Polytechnic, now Leeds Beckett University), a dynamic trade unionist, a unique needs governor of your local primary school plus the university liaison lecturer for future RAF pilots.

Rasp data was originally pioneered by Jack Glendening in the usa was developed 2000s, but Paul, combining his interests in meteorology, technology and gliding, worked with that data, integrating it with Google Maps and adding details to create a interface that designed a complex number of data open to all.

The free-to-use system gives details on thermals, temperature, windspeed, cloud cover, rain and even more, to let soaring pilots to grasp their flying conditions round the UK.

The site is used daily, from novices to get a basic knowledge of soaring conditions, high on the earth gliding championships.

Born in Lincoln, to Anne (nee Humphrey), who setup and ran the main Citizens Advice Bureau inside city, and Sam Scorer, an architect, Paul went to Repton school, Derbyshire, then studied physics at Nottingham University.

He graduated in 1969, then gone to live in London to work for the Rank Organisation. In 1975 he used a study post at Leeds Polytechnic, looking at the technical ingredient of television. Following his research, he continued his academic career there, lecturing first in electronic engineering, then computing.

His first gliding flight was at 1985, sufficient reason for his scientific background he soon created detailed involvement in meteorology. He began focus on UK Rasp in 2004 at what became Leeds Metropolitan, which initially provided the primary server for your site, alongside his lecturing, and continued to keep and additional develop the site after his retirement in 2011.

Paul also stood a natural flair for photography and exhibited his emotive black-and-white street images with the North Lights photography group.

An independent thinker, Paul was nonjudgmental, kind, honest and unfailingly loyal and liked and revered by all. He deeply believed in equality, championing women within his workplace as well as in his gliding club. His last glider flight is at May.

He is survived by his wife, Krystyna (nee Stucka), an academic psychologist, whom he married in 1977, in addition to their daughter, Maya.

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