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Programme 2010

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Technical meetings are indicated below by #. Funding assistance was supplied by the IET.

November 3rd Aspects of the EU As Dr. Roberta Guerrina was out of the country Dr Usherwood talked about the relationship between the EU & UK. Click here for an outline summary of his talk. Dr Simon Usherwood, senior lecturer in politics, Surrey University
October 6th The History of Hearing Aids # Gareth gave us an overview of the development of aids for the hard of hearing from pre-Roman to the current day. He showed us how technology had improved the aids from the mechanical through telephone related devices to current hi-tech aids, tailored to the individual. Gareth Pont, Design Director of Connevans of Reigate
September 1st Alan Blumlein # Simon talked about his father, Alan Blumlein, a true lost genius, who propelled Britain into the vanguard of the modern electronics world. Alan invented stereo sound and the modern TV system whilst working for EMI during the 1930s. He devised over 120 patents, including binaural sound, stereo recording and surround sound, but his career was tragically cut short in 1942 (at the age of 38) in a military plane crash. Much secrecy surrounds the crash as he was working on the development of H2S radar. He received no obituary and still does not appear in 'Who's Who'. Simon Blumlein
August 4th 'Rebuilding Colossus at Bletchley Park' - a personal view # Colossus, arguably the world's first computer, was developed to speed up the decoding of messages between Hitler and the German Generals using the Lorenz system during WW2. David Stanley has, for some 15 years, been a member of the team at Bletchley Park undertaking the daunting task of rebuilding a Colossus machine generally without any of the original technical design details. David explained, in general terms, the difference between Enigma and Lorenz, the role played by Colossus and how the team went about the rebuild process, including some of the problems encountered along the way. David Stanley TD, a member of the Colossus Rebuild Team
July 7th 39 years of Flying in Military and Civil Aviation # Chris described his career, which was in three parts: 15 years with the RAF as a fighter pilot, test pilot and member of the Red Arrows, then another fifteen years at Dunsfold, testing Harriers, and finally (and remarkably, beginning at the age of 50) as a commercial airline pilot. Chris Roberts
June 2nd Static Electricity # With practical demonstrations and measurements Jeremy demonstrated many aspects of the strange world of static electricity. He also discussed electrostatic discharge nuisance in industry, shops, offices, homes, cars and other environments. Dr Jeremy Smallwood
May 5th Sir George Cayley, the Wright Brothers and the achievement of controlled, powered and sustained flight # Alan covered the history and the early days of true flight (i.e. out of 'ground effect'), leading up to the Wright Bros, who are acknowledged as performing the first successful flight. Alan Thomas
April 7th John Logie Baird and the development of Television # Following his fascinating talk on the development of audio recording Jon Weller returned to talk to us about the development of television, in particular Baird's scanning system. Jon explained the principles of Baird's electromechanical system with a practical demonstration of the system. He also explained why the system was ultimately replaced by the fully electronic system. Jon Weller
March 3rd Surrey Air Ambulance Air Ambulances saves lives by saving time, transporting doctors, nurses and paramedics to the scene of medical emergencies and flying the patient to hospital within vital minutes. The Surrey Air Ambulance provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service to the people of Surrey. Caroline Cooper
February 3rd Railways of Burma A talk about the sights and scenes of Burma - of general travel interest but focussing on Burmese railways - with special mention of the Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, which was built by British POWs and immortalised in the film 'Bridge over the River Kwai'. Paul Whittle