Christopher Jordan was born in London, and has a background in chemical physics. He played a part in manually analyzing the early data from the microwave telescopes, eventually identifying an alcohol in interstellar gas clouds. He continued further research modeling non-linear reaction diffusion systems on the surfaces of cells and groups of cells. This led to his seminal work on the nature of morphological determination and the role cell adhesion molecules played within the scheme.
His work placed him in southeast Asia, and he became interested in the local history. Visiting ancient sites, he became curious about common characteristics of sites he had seen around the world, often the ones not easily explained. This lead to his writing the Secrets of the Sun Sects. He had shown earlier in his life how how easy it may have been for the ancient craftsmen to build the mirrors and how powerful they were. He postulates early civilizations were actually more interested in the practical uses for solar energy to support their society, art and science, rather than only sun worshipping.
He then began his own experimentation with various type of solar cookers. Unique to his location in southeast Asia, the sun travels a route that is virtually directly overhead. He developed a design for a solar panel cooker with tall side reflectors than can easily be rotated on a flat reflector base suited for locations near the equator. See: Solar Rice Cooker The tall sides of the cookers allows for the stacking of multiple cooking pots. Importantly, this design also provides space for blackened stones to be placed under the pots. The stones heat up throughout the day and provide more consistent cooking temperatures, and will extend the cooking period into the early evening.
Recent news and developments
- November 2011: Chris reports he began teaching solar cooking in 2004.