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Eric Eastwood

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Sir Eric Eastwood FRS, CBE (12 March 1910 - 1981) was a British scientist and engineer who helped develop radar technology during World War II.

1941 he volunteered for service in the Royal Air Force. He later became responsible for the operation and maintenance of radar stations. He wrote a detailed theoretical report on the influence of atmospheric refraction on the performance of one of these stations, which led to his promotion and later to transfer to 60 Group headquarters as squadron leader in charge of calibration of all RAF radar stations in the United Kingdom.

1946 Eastwood joined the research laboratories of the English Electric Co where he led the development of radar from its wartime roles into civilian applications.

1948 Moved to Great Baddow when English Electric acquired Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co as deputy director of research; he became director in 1954.

From 1952 to 1968 he was director of research for the whole of the English Electric Company

1967 Presented the Bernard Price Memorial Lecture

1968 He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

1968 When the company merged with GEC, Eastwood became director of research for the combined group.

1972 He retired from the corporate role and went back to the Marconi laboratories as chief scientist, a post which he held until shortly before his death.

1972 Elected President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers

1976 Delivered the first Clifford Paterson lecture on the subject of radar.

He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1962 and knighted in 1973.

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