Collection of General Electric Company Hirst Research Centre Research Reports

Made:
1937-1965
maker:
General Electric Company plc

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A collection of reports produced at the General Electric Company’s Hirst Research Centre, Wembley, between 1937 and 1965. These related to research undertaken immediately before, during and in the decades following the Second World War. They mostly cover the fields of RADAR and electronic engineering but also include other projects the company was involved in. This includes the centre's research into several models of the magnetron for a variety of uses, including their application in RADAR equipment, and later work relating to the development of other electronic systems in the 1950s and 1960s. There are also pre-war reports relating to lighting research, especially the development of searchlight carbons, and work undertaken on ultra high frequency transmitters. The war time research is mostly made up of investigations into RADAR systems but also includes the development of infra red systems for aircraft to aid night time interception, examinations of the visibility of various objects including naval camouflage in various lighting conditions, aircraft viewed against the night sky and street lights viewed from the air; and other projects, including the unsuccessful Helmore Turbinlight. The reset of the collection is made up of work undertaken during the decades following the end of the war and this is made up of mostly electronics research but also includes the development of a centrifuge capable of carrying a person, the development of a supersonic wind tunnel, research into materials for use in various systems, examinations of semiconductors and work undertaken for various government departments including the Ministries of Supply, Aviation and Defence, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and Co-ordination of Valve Development.

Details

Extent:
69 archive boxes
Identifier:
GECHRC
Access:
Open Access
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