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North West Region

A visit to Jodrell Bank Observatory

On 7 July, members and guests of the IMS NW Region arrived at the Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre and were enlightened by scientific wonder and political intrigue.

Our guide, Eric had exceptional knowledge of the world famous 'Lovell Radio Telescope' and proved both entertaining and informative.

The facilities of the centre included: 3D Theatre, exhibition room, 35 acres of arboretum, café and shop.

The history of Jodrell Bank was explained in detail and mainly involved its founder - Sir Bernard Lovell. In 1936 Sir Bernard obtained his PhD in physics, having studied at Bristol University. He then worked with the 'Cosmic Ray' research team at the University of Manchester, until the outbreak of war.

When the Second World War began. Sir Bernard became involved with the war effort and defence. In particular his early interests included radar, and its development. During the war around 6000 Doodlebugs, otherwise known as V-1 flying bombs, were launched over the southern part of England, mainly London, and 4000 of them were shot down by the Spitfire and other aircraft.

It's successor, the V-2, was in effect the first intercontinental ballistic missile. Using his radar-units, Lovell was able to calculate the landing area (ie trajectory) of the missiles.

Scottish region

This year's API (Association of Professional Institutes) games night will be held on Friday 26 November 2010 at the New Club Kirkcaldy, 7.30 for 8pm.

Once again, all excess monies collected on the night will be donated to Children in Need. For further information, contact Bob Smith, Scottish Region Chairman on 01592 758252.

Anti Aircraft Command allowed Bernard Lovell to borrow a few mobile 'Radio Aircraft Detectors' and using the apparatus he located the Botanical Research Centre in Cheshire, which was owned by the Jodrell family. The site proved ideal for relatively interference free reception. …