Robert Allan 'RA' 'Robin' Smith worked to improve the aerial systems for Chain Home stations at the start of the war.

In the lead up to the D-Day landings he made a study of what the establishment (TRE) could to to support the invasion (eg. accurate bombings of German artillery beforehand).

After the war he was appointed head of the newly created physics department at TRE which was set up by WB Lewis.  He led the early work on micro-electronics and liquid crystals.

He later left to become professor of physics at Sheffield University.

Robert Allan 'RA' 'Robin' Smith FRS
14 May 1909 16 May 1980

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Papers & Links etc.
Royal Society - Elected Fellow in 1962 - for a biography -
go to: http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org  with search words: Robert Smith  
Group in March 1942:  Group 2  - Non-centimetre aerials

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