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