Rod Burstall Home Page


This is a place for my friends and acquaintances to keep in contact and for me to pass on some interesting information that I may come across (see Blog).  For those of you who do not know me let me briefly introduce myself (see also About Me).

I was born in Liverpool, England, in 1934, studied Physics at Cambridge University, then started working with computers in 1960 in industry, then doing a PhD at Birmingham University. With my Finnish wife, Sissi, I moved to Edinburgh in 1964. I was researcher and teacher at Edinburgh University,  first in Artificial Intelligence then as a Professor in Computer Science, working mainly on programming languages and computer assisted logic proofs.I retired from the University in 200 but still spend a little time in the Informatics Department where I have a desk: Informatics Forum Room 2.20.

Since I retired and my main activity now is practicing and studying Buddhism under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche within the Shambhala Buddhist mandala.  I have a house in France near our European centre, Dechen Choling, and help with courses and retreats there.

For some years now I have been reading and thinking about the connection between Buddhism and Science. In this I owe much to my late friend Joseph Goguen, computing researcher and Dharma practitioner.  Joseph introduced me in 1975 to my root teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who escaped from Tibet and established Buddhist teachings in Europe and America, see his book "Born in Tibet".

Rod in Provence, France, 2006.



* February2008. This site is still under construction.