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Programme for 2013

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The programme for earlier years can be found here: 2010, 2011, 2012.

December 4th Tales of Air to Air Refuelling and the Falklands Handley Page Victor
The presentation started with a history of air to air refuelling from the 1920's to post WW2 and the 1950's including the inroads Alan Cobham made into the US Air Force. The story then moves to the development of V Force Tankers and the MK2 Handley Page Victor, some of the ground breaking technology, and associated flying stories of the presenters experience in 'tanking'. The second part begins with the RAF's biggest refuelling mission 'Black Buck' during the Falklands war and concludes with what is happening today.
Squadron Leader Jim Barnes RAF Ret'd
Jim Barnes trained for three years in Radar and Radio systems before beginning a flying career as an RAF Air Electronics Officer in the 'V' Force. He did two flying tours on Vulcan bombers with 617 (Dambusters) Squadron as part of the nuclear deterrent during the cold war. He was fortunate to meet Barnes Wallis and the Dambusters and has studied the development of aircraft and the Dams raid.
November 6th Surrey Safari
A good introduction to Geoff and his passion. The first quarter of this presentation comprises mainly photographs of birds and other wildlife taken in the garden. It then spreads out into the local countryside for the more wary animals and birds. Some amusing and light-hearted stories are included.
Geoff Lunn (an amateur photographer specialising in Natural History who took early retirement enabling him to pursue his hobby of photography).
October 2nd A history of the cavity magnetron
The cavity magnetron was a famous invention in England in 1940 which is generally held to have made an important contribution to the Allied victory in World War II. In considering why this is so, many interlinked factors are involved: science, invention, industry, government, warfare, both traditional and electronic - and also domestic cookers, which eventually become the unforeseen application in most people's kitchens, to this day. Nearly everyone has a magnetron, tucked into their 'microwave', even if they don't know it.
Alan Reddish After a Physics degree in Manchester in 1949, two years National Service as an RAF Education Officer (teaching basic electronics), and a brief flirtation with the fantasy of becoming a professional musician(!), Alan joined the GEC Research Laboratories in Wembley in 1952 - it became the Hirst Research Centre some years later. Alan was a member of the Valve Division, in the the group that had been responsible for magnetron development and production during the war, and was continuing with microwave valve topics. Alan soon become involved with the 'M-carcinotron', a French invention derived from the magnetron which proved to be very important for radar countermeasures. That occupied him throughout the 'fifities; in the 'sixties the topics expanded to include novel microwave tube ideas, and into plasmas, lasers and solid-state devices.
September 4th How patents aided the successful commercial development of semiconductors.
Deborah gave an outline of Intellectual Property (IP) law. Dr. Roger Cullis then gave an extended tour through patents from the early days of semiconductors.
Deborah Sewagudde BSc in Biochemistry, MSc in Management of Intellectual Property, Certificate in Intellectual Property Law Legal consultant with Calleja Consulting and Research Associate at Queen Mary IP Research Institute, University of London.
August 7th The CN Tower
The construction of the CN tower in 1975 in pictures and anecdotes. A description of the broadcasting equipment contained therein.
Colin Sunderland
July 3rd 2.30pm Cream Tea A Tudor gentleman in Surrey - Sir William More of Loseley
Michael Page, Team Manager, Heritage Stewardship and Preservation
June 5th Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Nuclear Power
The massive earthquake off the coast of Japan on 11th March 2011 triggered a tsunami which traversed the Pacific Ocean but its greatest effect was on the coastal regions of South Eastern Japan where over 19,000 people were killed and more were rendered homeless. Many villages, towns and industries were wiped out. The coast was also the location of two major nuclear power stations which were severely damaged and partly ceased operation. This talk described what happened and why and reviewed the current situation and the consequences, not only for the people of Japan, but also for the power industry internationally.
John Steel, RMS Member
May 1st Parliament Building - The Great Clock and Big Ben
How the tower, clock and bell came to be built, the repairs needed since 2000, and how these were carried out, without the benefit of the original design drawings!.
Mike McCann, MSc BEng(Hons) CEng MInstE,
April 3rd Bailey: the bridge and the man
An account of the development of the Bailey bridge at the start of the last war, its predecessor bridges and subsequent developments up to and including the present Afghan campaign.
Martin Stoneham, Chairman, Friends of the Royal Engineers' Museum at Chatham
January 2nd Glass - its history and technology
Don invited us to take a light hearted voyage through the land of his ancestors, Lorraine. He traced the development of window glass from there, and the society in which it was crafted. Eventually problems drove skilled persons with the gift of making glass to England. There they prospered for a while under Elizabeth's monopoly until a new prohibition hit them. The story of window glass ends with the recent invention of Float Glass.
Don Tyzack, RMS Member
February 6th The Evolution of Personal Mobile Communications Services 1960-2020
It seems inconceivable that mobile communications is barely 50 years old. It is impossible to underestimate the importance of how mobile communications have changed our lives. From the ability to make and receive calls almost anywhere in the world, seamlessly, to be able to access the internet while on the move. Of the number of inventions of the last 50 years mobile communications must be near the top in the effect it has had on people's lives. The presentation charts the progress from the early radio telephone and pagers services, 1st generation analogue personal mobiles through to modern 4G digital and smart phone apps. The talk also gives a flavour of what we can expect in the future and explores the societal changes that have occurred with the advent of near universal use of mobile devices.
Stephen Hearnden, Director, Telecommunications and Technology, Intellect
March 6th Being an expert witness
From time to time we see in the press references (usually in controversial cases) to the evidence given by Expert Witness. What is an Expert? How does one become an Expert Witness? What does an Expert Witness do? What should an Expert witness not do? Is there a difference between Civil and Criminal cases? What are the difficulties? What are the pitfalls?
David, who worked as an expert witness in the electrical field for nearly 20 years, explained all these things and illustrated his talk with references to cases (and the difficulties and potential pitfalls) in which he has been involved
David Latimer, RMS Member