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Leonard Bairstow

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Sir Leonard Bairstow (1880-1963), CBE, FRS, FRAeS is known for his work in aviation and for Bairstow's method for arbitrarily finding the roots of polynomials.

1880 Born in Halifax, the son of Uriah Bairstow, a wealthy Halifax, West Yorkshire man and keen mathematician.

As a boy, Leonard went to Queens Road and Moorside Council Schools before going to Heath Grammar School which he attended briefly before going to the Council Secondary School - then known as the Higher Grade School. A scholarship took him to the Royal College of Science where he secured a Whitworth Scholarship which enabled him to carry out research into explosion of gases. Career

1917 Chief of Aeronautics Department at the National Physical Laboratory. [1] where ultimately he became head of aeroplane research work. He held the Zaharoff Chair of Aviation at Imperial College London from 1920-1949 and became Professor Sir Leonard Bairstow. For a time his assistant there was Beatrice Mabel Cave-Browne-Cave, a pioneer in the mathematics of aeronautics.

He became a member of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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  1. The Engineer 1917/09/07