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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
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