Jimmy Atkinson graduated from St John's college Cambridge in 1938 joining the Bawdsey Research Station on 1st May 1939.  His research involved the development of cathode ray tubes with afterglow properties that enabled them to retain their images long enough to overcome interference.  He moved with the radar team to Worth Matravers and was involved in the initial phases of many significant fields of application such as infra-red detection, very high frequency radar systems and guided weapons.

After the war he was a research physicist at Glasgow University, later taking a post at the UK Atomic Energy Authority's Douneray establishment.

17 Feb 1916 - 9 May 2008 

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Papers & Links etc.

Penley Radar Archives - reminiscences & letters 
    [ index on www: www.penleyradararchives.org.uk/documents/atkinson ]
Wikipedia page:  biography Jimmy Atkinson  accessed Jan 2011
or try:  http://en.wikipedia.org/  with search words: James Atkinson physicist 
Obituary in The Times on 30 Jun 2008  accessed Jan 2011
Group in March 1942:  Group 8  - Transmitter / Receiver cells & diodes for 3 cm

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