Prof Herbert Skinner FRS Herbert Skinner went to study for a degree at Cambridge in 1919, subsequently staying on to do some research at the Cavendish Laboratories under Rutherford.  It was here that he taught himself glass blowing to improve equipment as required.  In 1927 he went to Bristol University.

Shortly before the outbreak of war, Skinner was one of the scientists recruited by Cockcroft to familiarise themselves with the Chain Home radar stations so they could act as nurse maids should war break out.  Early in 1940 he joined the radar research in Dundee - shortly afterwards moving to Worth Matravers.

Herbert Skinner was founder leader of the centimetric radar team.  After a period of joint leadership with Philip Dee, Skinner led a team (Group 8) that provided many of the component parts required for centimetric radar, while Philip Dee took charge of centimetric airborne projects (Group 12) including Airborne Interception and H2S.

He assembled crystal diodes for radar detectors by hand using his glass blowing skills to encase them.  These crystal diodes were needed at the higher frequencies of centimetric radars.

After the war he went to the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE) Harwell and later to Liverpool University.

Herbert Wakefield Banks Skinner FRS
7 October 1900 20 January 1960

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Papers & Links etc.
Wikipedia page:  biography Herbert Skinner  accessed Jan 2011
or try:  http://en.wikipedia.org/  with search words: Herbert Skinner 
Royal Society - Elected Fellow in 1942 - for a biography -
go to: http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org  with search words: Herbert Skinner
New Scientist - biography Herbert Skinner - 14 November 1957 p. 22 & 23
Group in March 1942:  Group 8  Transmitter / Receiver cells & diodes for 3 cm

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