John Kendrew moved to Worth Matravers on 10th May 1940 from RAF St. Athan with the team which was working on Airborne Interception (AI) and Air to Surface Vessel (ASV) radars. He spent most of his time at RAF Christchurch carrying out flight trials on TRE equipments. From November 1940 he spent the rest of the war as hon. Sqn Ldr and hon.Wing Cdr in the Middle East.

After the War he achieved great eminence in the field of science and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1962. He played a major role in the research into DNA and was at one time Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Amongst a myriad of other senior appointments he was Chairman of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council from 1971-74.

Sir John Cowdery Kendrew CBE FRS
24 March 1917 23 August 1997

Bill Penley, Jan 2011

If you have additional information or materials - please contact the Radar Trust
Papers & Links etc.
Penley Radar Archives - reminiscences & letters 
    [ index on www: www.penleyradararchives.org.uk/documents/kendrew ]
Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge holds some papers relating to Sir John Kendrew::
Try Janus:  http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/  with search words: John Kendrew 
Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1962: biography John Kendrew   accessed Feb 2011
or go to:  http://nobelprize.org  and search: John Kendrew
Wikipedia page:  biography Sir John Kendrew  accessed Feb 2011
or try:  http://en.wikipedia.org/  with search words: John Kendrew 
Royal Society - Elected Fellow in 1960 - for a biography -
go to: http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org  with search words: John Kendrew
Obituary - The Times 27 August 1977
Group in March 1942:  Group - OS - ?On Secondment?

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