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Talk on December 7th Science with a Local Flavour
- The signs of our Scientific past are all around us, Herschal Park and Wheatstone Road,(Slough) Alma Road (Windsor) and the Tolansky Building (Englefield Green) are examples within a bike ride from Runnymede.
- Beatrice “Tilly”Shilling;Farnborough and the role of the Royal Aircraft Establishment in aircraft development for the last 100 years hardly needs an introduction.Here’s a brief story about one of its lesser-known scientists – that is, until very recently. Not only is this a remarkable story in about a simple innovation which helped us win the Battle of Britain and arguably the 2nd World War as a result, but it’s also a story about a woman who carved a successful career in the man’s world of science and engineering, an exceptional rarity back in the day.
- John William Strutt, 3rd Lord Rayleigh, 1842-1919, Nobel Prize winner for physics in 1904, and a distinguished researcher in physics, optics and acoustics came from an old Essex farming family. The family home, and his for much of his life was in Terling, near Witham in Mid Essex.He was privately tutored in Torquay, entered the University of Cambridge in 1861, to read maths. He was Senior Wrangler in 1865 and a Fellow of Trinity. The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded ‘for his investigations of the densities of the most important gases and for his discovery of argon in connection with these studies’
- Thomas Fowler of Torrington has been described as “Devon’s Forgotten Genius”. In the first half of the 19th century, he invented one of the first practical hot-water central heating systems, and also a revolutionary calculating machine. But, coming from a humble background, and having had only a basic education, Fowler had neither the money nor the contacts to develop these innovations further, and they died with him in 1843.