Sir Henry TizardSir Henry Tizard served as a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I.  In 1933 he was appointed chairman of the Aeronautical Research Committee and served in this post for most of the Second World War.  In 1934 he was selected to chair a committee to review the Air Defence situation which became known as the Tizard Committee.  It was this committee that initiated British radar development.

Tizard maintained an active interest in the work to develop radar.  As the initial Chain Home stations were set up, his experience as a pilot made him aware that methods were needed to guide fighter aircraft to home in on hostile aircraft which showed up on the radar.  This led him to start a special unit at Biggin Hill to work out effective techniques for interception.

Subsequently, well before the war and before the initial Chain Home radar system was operational, he anticipated that a working system would result in hostile aircraft switching to night attack. He had the foresight to start early work on Airborne Interception radar at Bawdsey to help interception at night and in poor visibility.  His foresight proved well founded, and the early start on Airborne Interception radar paid off!

After the war he served as chairman of the Defence Research Policy Committee and was president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Sir Henry Tizard
23 August 1885 9 October 1959

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Wikipedia page:  biography Henry Tizard  accessed Feb 2011
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Royal Society - Elected Fellow in 1926 - for a biography -
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