'FE' Jones took
a degree in physics at King's College, London,
subsequently staying on to undertake research.
Soon after war broke out he joined the radar team in
Dundee working under R A Smith.
His first assignment was to nurse maid operational radar
stations to ensure that the equipment was working
After the move to Worth Matravers he worked on the
development of Oboe, the blind bombing
radio navigation system, with Alec
Harley Reeves. He was head of the Oboe
development team dealing with practical day to day
management (while Reeves was more involved with the
After the war he continued to
work at TRE in Malvern directing research into detection
of infra-red and radio at millimetre wavelengths. He
subsequently moved to the Royal Aircraft Establishment
Farnborough where he became Deputy Director.
In 1956 he moved to Mullard where he later became
Francis Edgar Jones FRS MBE
16 Jan 1914 - 10 April 1988