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George E. Partington

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George E. Partington (1916-1963)

WWII Worked in the research division - presumably Marconi Research Centre


1963 Obituary[1]

"WE regret to record the death on June 13 of Mr. George Partington, who had been chief engineer, Broadcasting Division, Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Ltd.

George Partington, who was born in 1916 at St. Annes-on-Sea, in Lancashire, was educated at Kirkham Grammar School and Manchester University, where he obtained his B.Sc. In 1938 he joined the Marconi company, and after a year at the Marconi College, entered the Research Division, as it was then called, where he worked until 1946. In the summer of that year he was sent to America to represent the Radio Industries Council at the P.I.C.A.O. conference.

On his return to this country, Partington started work on the development of television equipment and was made deputy chief television engineer in 1956, and later, chief engineer of Marconi's Broadcasting Division in 1959, a position which he held until his death. Throughout his career, Partington was a prolific inventor and designer, and his work has made significant contributions to all branches of the technical progress of television throughout the world.

Perhaps the work for which he was best known was in connection with the development of improved television cameras in particular the use of the 4 1/2 inch image orthicon tube. Another field in which his foresight is beginning to bear fruit is that of wired television systems and "pay" television, where his original concepts are beginning to appear in much the form he predicted many years ago. He was known throughout the world of television by the papers and lecture he delivered to learned societies in many countries."


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  1. The Engineer 1963 Jul-Dec