Tim Dinsdale was born in China to a British family, when his parents turned to England Dinsdale was enrolled in and eventually would graduate from King’s School, Worcester. He served as a Royal Air Force pilot in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe during World War II and afterwards worked as an aeronautical engineer. Through all of this early success Tim Dinsdale is better known and remembered for is researcher in to the mysterious lake monster known as the Loch Ness Monster.
It all started in 1955 when Tim’s interest in the creature was sparked after reading a magazine article on the subject. Unable to get the mystery off his mind, he prepared a master plan for a campaign of observation which he put into action in 1960 by taking a week off or work to hunt for the Loch Ness Monster. During this first excursion to the loch, on April 23, 1960, he captured four minute film of the fast moving object apparently swimming across the loch. An analysis of the film by Britain’s Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Center (JARIC) rejected the skeptical theory that the object captured by Dinsdale that day was nothing more than a boat.
JARIC declared that the object in the video was probably animate, in other words a large, unidentified living creature. Others who have examined the video have pointed out a paddle like motion coming from the front of the object, this lead many to believe the video showed a row boat, however estimates of the object’s speed made it apparent that the object moved to fast for a rowboat. Further examination of the video also lead some researchers to believe that twelve to sixteen feet of the object was underwater with only three feet of it visible in the video.
Dinsdale’s books on Loch Ness’s mysterious inhabitants are considered by some to be the best in the literature of cyrptozoology. In July 1987, a few months before his death, the International Society of Cryptozoology made Tim Dinsdale an honorary member, nothing his dedication to the investigation, as well as the honesty and integrity with which he conducted his work. At the time of his death Dinsdale had conducted no less than 56 expeditions to Loch Ness but never had another sighting as good as his original one on April 23, 1960.
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Date of Birth: 1934
Current Location: NA
• Loch Ness Monster (1961)
• Monster Hunt (1972)
• Project Water Horse: The True Story of the Monster Quest at Loch Ness (1975)
• The Facts About Loch Ness and the Monster (1985)
Schooling and/or Degrees:
• King’s School, Worcester
• International Society of Cryptozoology (honorary member)
• Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau