Precursors to Radar — The Watson-Watt Memorandum and the Daventry Experiment

  title={Precursors to Radar — The Watson-Watt Memorandum and the Daventry Experiment},
  author={B. Austin},
  journal={International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education},
  pages={365 - 372}
  • B. Austin
  • Published 1999
  • Engineering
  • International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education
In this paper we examine the famous unpublished memorandum of 1935 in which R. A. Watson-Watt proposed the principles of radar. Starting from the numerical results he quoted, we show how he arrived at his conclusions using nothing more than simple calculations. The origins of an important modern technology are to be found in a combination of prescience and fundamental engineering skills. 

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