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John Flavell Coales

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John Flavell Coales (1907-1999).

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[1]

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

1999 Died

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Sources of Information

  1. Elliott Computers by Simon Lavington [1]
  • The Times, July 16, 1999