Thin on the Ground

Land Resources: Now and for the Future






363 000 people were born

154 000 died

World population increased by 209 000


World population increase:

2008 77M, 2009 80M, 2010 78M, 2011 (est.) 76M


The home page of Anthony Young


Welcome to the Home Page of my personal web site. This is linked with a professional site, www.land-resources.com, which gives results from 40 years of work on land resources, particularly in the developing world, together with News items and Updates.

Lives in Norwich, UK. Married to Doreen, two children, four grandchildren. Formerly Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK; and Principal Scientist, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, Nairobi, Kenya. Largely retired from professional work, but active in scientific writing. For career, see CV.

This personal site lists interests which lie outside my professional activities:

  • Music, especially opera, and Schubert.
  • Singing: lieder, choral and opera (as a bass)
  • Golf: following a lifetime of interest in sport, but lack of ability, retirement allows me to indulge in this way.
  • Anne Pratt (1806-1893), botanical illustrator and author, my Great Great Great Aunt.
  • John Lack (1823-1892), Norfolk Artist, my Great Grandfather. Contact from anyone possessing art works welcome.
  • Mado Robin (1918-1960), French coloratura soprano - no family connection, I am simply fascinated by her exceptionally high voice.
  • The Lack family of Swaffham, the genealogy of my mother's family, originating from north-west Norfolk.

There are web links to Anne Pratt and Mado Robin, but none have yet been found to John (Gildon) Lack. If any viewer of this site has interests in, or information about, the three people and the family named, I should be grateful to hear from them.

To contact me, email: anthony.young@land-resources.com



Anne Pratt

Mado Robin


Semper Juvenis: Always Young