John Waters was born in Muswell Hill, London., on September 16th 1941. His father, Eric Fletcher Waters, was a history teacher. His mother, Mary Duncan Waters, (nee Whyte) was a trained primary school teacher. John's brother was born on September 6th 1943, at which time the family had moved to Great Bookham in Surrey. John's father served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers, and died for his country in Anzio, Italy., in 1944. In 1945, the family moved to Cambridge, which was to be John's hometown for the next fourteen years.
John was educated at Morley Memorial School, and the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys. He played for the School 1st hockey team, but was only average in his studies. After working on a farm for nine months, John attended a three year course at the College of Estate Management, London. Here he trained to be an Agricultural Surveyor, and managed to pass all his exams at the College.
After leaving college in 1962, John joined the firm of J Carter Jonas and Sons as a partner's assistant. He was paid the princely sum of £8.00 per week. In 1964, he moved to Doncaster, Yorkshire., to join a firm of Valuation Surveyors called Stanilands. He qualified a year later, and concentrated on building society valuations.
In September 1968, he traveled across Europe and Asia in a coach, eventually flying to Australia. He worked in open cast mining in the north of Western Australia and the Northern Territories for three and a half years. Then he returned to the United Kingdom to set up his own surveying practice in Plymouth. Unfortunately, this coincided with the 1972/74 property slump, and John was forced to close his practice after a frustrating two years of inactivity.
John landed a job with the London Borough of Brent, as a Trainee Careers Officer. He was sent to the South Bank Polytechnic on a one year Vocational Guidance Course. After just two terms, John was dismissed from the course for "failing to come up to the professional and academic standards required." This terminology is designed to prevent dismissed students from having an enquiry into the reasons for their dismissal. John asked for an enquiry, but was refused. An unsatisfactory end to a promising career.
However, every cloud has a silver lining; and it was at the South Bank Polytechnic that John discovered the Multi-age Brood characteristic of the Human Specie. He was surprised to find that this trait was not related in encyclopedias, or even the specialist books on primates. It became clear that professional scientists were unaware of the Multi-age Broods..
John sought to bring the matter to the attention of professional scientists. He thought it unlikely that he could get a scientific paper published, so he wrote a book instead. However, he was unable to get any interest from any publisher. In fact, the book was rejected by 43 publishers.
Undaunted, John decided to try to interest American Publishers. To this end, he wrote a synopsis of the book couching the Multi-age Broods in the context of Human Evolution. At this time, he noticed an advertisement in the New Scientist Magazine. An Editor of a new Scientific Journal was advertising for papers. No qualifications were asked for.... so John sent a copy of the synopsis to the Editor. Nothing venture, nothing gain.
To John's complete surprise, the Editor asked for a paper on the lines of the synopsis. Two papers were published in 1978 in Speculations in Science and Technology. At this time, John discovered the mechanism of the evolution of speech and language, due to the Multi-aged Broods of Hominid Infants. This was included in John's second reply to the Reviewer's criticism of his papers. But Spec. Sci. Tech. refused to publish this letter. An opportunity missed.
After his dismissal from the South Bank Polytechnic, John was asked to resign from the London Borough of Brent's Careers Service. He spent the next year on the dole (unemployed), but eventually became a London mini-cab driver. He worked at night as an executive car driver for fifteen years and retired in 2002.
John produced a well researched paper on Human Evolution in 1980, and wrote his second book, called "Helpless as a Baby" in 1986. Needless to say, nobody would publish either the paper or the book.
John joined the Internet in 1996, with the intention of bypassing the scientific publishing industry, and bringing his work to a worldwide audience. Paleontologists on the newsgroup "sci.anthropology.paleo" have determined that the hominid multiage brood started around 2 million years BP. Progress at last. John revised "Helpless as a Baby" in 2001.
John has always taken an active interest in the world and its cultural institutions.
His mother and father were both active members of the British Communist Party and devout pacifists. In the early part of World War Two, John's father was a conscientious objector - who served in the ambulance service in London, throughout the worst days of the German bombing of the capital. In 1941, after the Soviet Union was invaded, John's father joined the British Army. John's mother remained in the British Communist Party until 1956, when the Party refused to condemn Russia's invasion of Hungary. She then joined the British Labour Party. So the influence at home was decidedly left wing.
John's early professional career as a Surveyor, showed him that private enterprise had its merits. His political approach was liberal, with the traditional British support of the underdog and individual freedoms.
In 1972 he joined the British Labour Party in Plymouth. He resigned in 1974, when the national leadership refused to condemn local corruption in the Party.
In 1976, John founded the Social Independence Party. This became The Centre Party in 1977. The aim of The Centre Party was to encourage a cooperative style of government, using referendums to resolve political differences. However in 1986, John's research into General Evolution showed that this style of government would not succeed under normal conditions. After nine years of supporting and promoting the Centre Party, this was a very disappointing revelation. Nevertheless, John accepted the consequences of his evolution research, and wound down The Centre Party in that year.
In 1994, John helped to inaugurate the Campaign for Reform, and is currently the Chairman of the Campaign for Referendums. This campaign aims to promote the use of referendums in Britain and the World.
John remains firmly committed to the general aim of improving civilization throughout the world. He believes in popular sovereignty, with a sensible balance of individual and communal freedoms and responsibilities.