Author: Andrew McClean
Optician is saddened to report that lifelong optical industry professional Alick Taylor died on December 15, 2020.
Taylor spent his entire working life in the profession and was an active participant in the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) spectacles committee.
He was born in London in 1932 and attended the Northampton Polytechnic (now City, University of London) after leaving school to study ophthalmic lenses and frames.
Taylor worked for Raphael’s making tortoiseshell frames and surfacing lenses, before he served in the RAF in Egypt and Cyprus.
In 1955, Taylor joined Harrogate Optical Co before leaving to work for Norville Optical Co for two years and then re-joined Harrogate in 1958 as prescription manager, becoming a company director in 1965.
He became an executive company director of the Michael Birch Group in 1969 and then works manager for Pilkington PLC in 1976. In 1982, he moved to Tunbridge Wells as production, customer services and retail services manager.
Taylor took on the role of technical manager for Pilkington’s Sola Optical UK in 1987, moving his family to Solihull, and continued in this role when Carl Zeiss Vision acquired the business in 2004.
He worked as technical manager before semi-retiring and providing consultancy services to the company for many years.
Taylor was a member of the board and standards panel at the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians, representing the body on various BSI committees such as sunglasses and sports eye protection.
He contributed greatly to the development of BSI and ISO spectacle lens standards and the BSI for squash eye protectors.