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John Flavell Coales

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John Flavell Coales (1907-1999).

John Flavell Coales (1907-1999) of Elliott Brothers

1907 Born at Harborne, Birmingam

Educated at Berkhamstead School

Went to Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge, and read mathematics and physics

1928 awarded a degree in Natural Sciences.

1929 Joined the Admiralty as a civilian scientist

1928-1939 Worked for the Admiralty at H. M. Signal School, Portsmouth working on radio direction finding.

1936 Married Thea; they had 4 children

WWII Led the Admiralty’s radar research effort[1]

1945 Appointed OBE for his war work

1946 First Director of the research laboratories of Elliot Brothers at Borehamwood.

1953 Return to Cambridge University to establish a control engineering group

1966 One of the founding fellows of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Awarded a personal chair in the university.

1971 Professor John Flavell Coales FEng FRS appointed president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers

1974 Appointed CBE

1999 Died

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Elliott Computers by Simon Lavington [1]
  • The Times, July 16, 1999