Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 133,092 pages of information and 210,772 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
Douglas Richard Chick, electrical engineer
1917 born in Hastings, Sussex, the son of an officer in the Indian army
Educated at various army garrison schools in the UK and abroad.
1932 Attended Dartford Technical College
1933 Sandwich course at Woolwich Polytechnic and a student apprenticeship with Johnson and Phillips Ltd.
1937 After graduating with a BSc (Eng) and a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Chick began work as a Junior Scientific Officer at the Signals Experimental Establishment, Woolwich in research and development of military radio and radio jamming equipment.
He continued to attend Woolwich Polytechnic in his spare time, doing research on gas discharge tubes for an MSc.
WWII Joined the Ministry of Supply working at Bawdsey and Christchurch on radar and low flying aircraft defence equipment.
1941 promoted to Scientific Officer. He spent the rest of the war researching various aspects of radar including searchlight radar control
1946 Received a Wartime Inventor's Award, with W S Eastwood and A J H Oxford.
Filed several patent applications for work done during this period.
Later became Group Leader of the newly-formed Nuclear Sciences Group.
1951 Chick married
1952 Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers
1963 Research Manager of the Vickers Company Research Laboratory, Ascot
1966 Appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the new University of Surrey. Much of his work at Surrey was directed towards promoting close co-operation between technological universities and industry.