Alan Hodgkin was a research scholar at Cambridge before the war.  From February 1940 to July 1945 he worked on Airborne Interception radar.  He was in the team that invented the Airborne Interception spiral scanning system enabling the range and direction of a target aircraft to be displayed together (AI MkVII).  

Towards the end of the war he led the team on the development of the Automatic Gun Laying Turret (AGLT) for the rear defence of bombers.  He also worked on air to air guided weapons.

After the war he returned to Cambridge to undertake research work on the nervous system for which he received a Nobel Prize in 1963.  He was elected President of the Royal Society in 1970.

His wartime work inspired him to write his autobiography Chance and Design - see below.

Prof Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin OM FRS
5 February 1914 - 20 December 1998

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Papers & Links etc.
Penley Radar Archives - exchange of letters 
    [ index on www: www.penleyradararchives.org.uk/documents/hodgkin ]
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1963: biography Alan Hodgkin   accessed Jan 2010
or go to:  http://nobelprize.org  and search: Alan Lloyd Hodgkin
Wikipedia: biography Alan Hodgkin   accessed Jan 2010
or go to:  http://en.wikipedia.org/  and search: Alan Lloyd Hodgkin 
Royal Society - Elected Fellow in 1948, President in 1970 - for a biography -
go to: http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org  with search words: Alan Hodgkin
Obituaries - The Independent - 14 Jan 1999
Group in March 1942:  Group 12  - 10cm Systems, Leeson House
Chance & Design, Alan Hodgkin Chance and Design: 
Reminiscences of Science in Peace and War
Hodgkin, Alan Lloyd

The autobiography of one of the pioneers of centimetric airborne interception radar; supplements Lovell.  Alan Hodgkin was one of the scientists at Worth.

Cambridge University Press, May 1992
ISBN 10: 0521400996 
ISBN 13: 978-0521400992
424 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010

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