After a career in financial services, Martin Gibson returned to academic study, completing an MLitt in War Studies, which was awarded with distinction, and then a PhD on British Strategy and Oil, 1914-1923 at Glasgow University.
The dissertation for his Masters, The debate over the British Navy’s switch from coal to oil fuel, 1904-14, was awarded the Ewing Prize for year's best Modern History dissertation at Glasgow University. It was subsequently published as one of the chapters in the book of the papers delivered at an academic conference
'"Oil Fuel Will Absolutely Revolutionize Naval Strategy": The Royal Navy's Adoption of Oil Before the First World War.' in LoCicero, Michael, Mahoney, Ross, Mitchell, Stuart, eds, A Military Transformed? Adaptation and Innovation in the British Military, 1792-1945 (Solihull: Helion, 2013).
He has also published a book based on his PhD thesis.
Gibson, Martin, Britain's Quest for Oil: The First World War and the Peace Conference (Solihull: Helion, 2017).
He blogs on the history of war and current national security issues at War and Security , including many posts on the Royal Navy in the First World War.