After the Reagan landslide, Carmichael accepts the opportunity to move to the United Kingdom to conduct multidisciplinary research in London, Cambridge and Oxford where he studied with Joseph Needham, Alastair Crombie, Conrad Joesten, Andrew Sherratt, Alfred Beeston and Wilferd Madelung.

In addition to reading at the British Museum and the Bodleian Library, Carmichael worked in the Griffith Institute where he examined the archives of Howard Carter, the Egyptologist who discovered the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen. In Cambridge, Carmichael studied Sinology with Needham and Lu Gwei Djen and worked with the alchemical manuscripts of Isaac Newton.