Don Edwards is the present organizer of the Scientific Instrument Fair. He is a chemist by profession and had an early interest in the history of science. After qualifying he worked for a mining company (in Central Africa) where he developed a passion for geology and on returning to the UK he started a business dealing in mineral and fossil specimens for collectors, museums and educational establishments. This became his full-time occupation in 1970.
The business was centred on a shop (which he still owns) in the Peak District town of Tideswell but it rapidly developed an international dimension with attendances at many major earth science fairs in Europe and the U.S.
Some 25 years ago He started to include antiques related to mining and mineralogy in his inventory, and this aspect expanded to encompass scientific and subsequently medical antiques.
His main interests (apart from, still, earth science related items) lie in microscopy and electrostatics. He can be contacted for enquiries about the fair on 01298 871606 (shop) and 01433 620304 (home)