Robert Hanbury-Brown was offered a post by Watson Watt at the Radio Research Laboratory, Slough - but his time there was brief.  He was told to report to Bawdsey Manor on 15 August 1936 to join the small group working on receivers and antennae for Chain Home.

In 1937 he transferred to Eddie Bowen's team working on airborne radar, and towards the end of 1938 Hanbury moved to the aerodrome at Martlesham Heath to take charge of the installation and testing of the experimental equipment in aircraft.  His his ideas made significant improvements in air to surface radars. 

In 1949 he joined Bernard Lovell's radio astronomy group at the University of Manchester innovating ground breaking ideas in radio astronomy and quantum optics.

Robert Hanbury-Brown FRS
31 August 1916 16 January 2002

Bill Penley Jan 2011

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Papers & Links etc.
Wikipedia page:  biography Hanbury Brown  accessed Jan 2011
or try:  http://en.wikipedia.org/  with search words: Hanbury Brown 
Royal Society - Elected Fellow in March 1960 - for a biography -
go to: http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org  with search words: Hanbury Brown
Library, Royal Society, London. holds papers: NCUACS no. 151/1/07, 160pp. 
(NCUACS: National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists)
Group - not on the March 1942 chart -  ? TRE 1941 ?  
Boffin, R Hanbury Brown Boffin 
Personal Story of the Early Days of Radar and Radio Astronomy and Quantum Optics
Hanbury Brown, R

Hanbury Brown was one of the younger members of Bowen's team and also held a pilot's licence. Focuses strongly on Airborne Interception and Air to Surface Vessel radar and on Operations Research.  Hanbury-Brown was a scientist at Worth Matravers.

Adam Hilger (Bristol, New York), 1991 
ISBN 10: 0750301309 
184 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
Purbeck Radar Reference Library

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