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obituary: professor eric laithwaite

by:Earlston     2020-01-15
Engineer Eric Roberts Wright: Born on June 14, 1921 in Atherton, Lancashire;
Assistant Lecturer, University of Manchester 1950-
53. lecturer 1953-
58. Senior lecturer 1958-64;
Professor of heavy electrical engineering, Imperial College of Technology 1964-86 (Emeritus);
Royal College professor 1967-76;
Wedding 1951 Sheila good (
Two sons, two daughters);
Died in East Sussex in November 27, 1997.
Eric laitwaite shared his passion for engineering at every opportunity.
He was loved by students at the University of Manchester, where he served as a lecturer from 1953 to 1964, followed by a senior lecturer, at Imperial College London, before retiring in 1986, he has been a professor of heavy electrical engineering.
He also likes other audiences, including professional colleagues and the general public, but what he likes most is the young people who he may inspire them to work in engineering.
The Royal Academy\'s Christmas lecture for young people began on 1826 with Michael Fard.
One of Wright\'s heroes-
Laithwaite gave a lecture on 1966.
That year, the BBC broadcast the series on full television, and every Christmas since then.
\"Engineer roaming wonderland\" also appeared in 1966 as a book.
The title reflects the depth of the Author
Engineers are at the heart of modern life: scientists can explain things, but almost everyone
The manufacturing object is the work of the engineer (
He sometimes adds that accountants and lawyers have done nothing).
The title of the chapter is Alice\'s.
Lethweite is not a layman, but a person who is widely read: he likes to connect engineering with literature.
Alice saw the little white rabbit pull out a watch from her vest pocket: \"She suddenly thought that she had never seen a rabbit take out of her pocket with her vest pocket or watch before.
\"If Alice hadn\'t noticed, she wouldn\'t have had any Adventures: The engineer who noticed things went into Wonderland.
With this introduction, as well as a series of demos that could notice things, Wright began to explain the work of the motor and the generator to his young audience.
He won the honorary title of Professor applied electric power at the Royal Academy and delivered several speeches on Friday night.
One on a butterfly
A hobby, but he is a very professional person.
Born on 1921 in Atherton, Lancashire, the son of a farmer.
He kept his Lancaster accent happily.
He was educated at London Kirkham Grammar School and Regent Street Institute of Technology.
In 1941, he joined the Royal Air Force, and since 1943, he has been engaged in autonomous driving at Farnborough royal aircraft.
Most likely at that time, he first became interested in the gyro, which has been around for the rest of his life.
He made several lifelong friends in RAE, including the transformation of the electrical engineer who presided over the funeral into a priest, and talked passionately about his old friend.
In 1946, he studied electrical engineering at the University of Manchester, received a bachelor\'s degree in 1949, and a master\'s degree in 1950, when he served as an assistant lecturer.
At first, he worked under Professor F. C.
Williams on the Ferranti Mk I computer, but what he is really interested in is power engineering.
His main achievement is the linear induction motor. linear motors. (
A linear motor is a machine with moving parts that move in a straight line instead of rotating on the shaft. )
He did not invent linear motors, but he made them practical and he believed they would provide the ideal propulsion for the train.
In his state-of-the-art design, the linear motor will push the train, carry its weight, and manipulate the train without the need for wheels.
In fact, the train will travel along the magnetic River.
In the 1960 s, a test track was built in Earith, cam county, mainly the government-
Funding, testing vehicles that combine the principles of hovercraft with linear motor drive.
This is a bad time for British Railways, and just after spending cuts, the political climate is also good for roads.
The project was canceled and lesweet was very disappointed.
However, there was a new beginning in 1967.
The Association for automotive industry research needs a new crash testing facility in which vehicles can quickly accelerate to precise speeds.
After 25 years of service, the linear motor designed by laitwaite has recently been \"retired\", and what makes laitwaite very happy is that it was awarded to the Science Museum.
The strange coincidence is that it arrived at the museum store on the day of the designer\'s funeral.
Another interest is engineering history.
When he was at Imperial College for the first time, he would show his students all kinds of early Motors at the Science Museum, \"so my students would never have thought there was only one way to make machines \".
In addition to publishing a large number of academic papers on linear motors, he also wrote a book on the history of linear motors (
History of linear motor, 1987).
When the linear motor manufactured by Charles Wheatstone in 1840 was discovered, lesweit was happy to help the writer try it out in the university lab and share in the conclusions that Wheatstone had the right idea, it is never possible for his machine to get enough current to run.
Another historical interest is engineer Nikola Tesla, another independent-
Thoughtful engineer, he has made great technological progress in traditional, rotating, electric motors, and is inconsistent with \"institutions\" because of some of his unorthodox ideas.
In 1986, laitwaite was pleased to receive the Tesla Award (American)
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers \"contributes to the development and understanding of motors, especially linear induction motors \".
In the later years of Imperial College, lesweit pursued interest in the gyro;
He believes that their actions have never been fully explained, and that they have the potential to be used in space travel.
He tried to present his ideas and raise some questions in the Royal Institution speech on Friday night.
When his colleagues separated from him, this attempt brought him a lot of criticism and some personal harm.
But he persisted, and as a colleague recently observed, some of his questions were still unanswered.
Professor Wright retired from Imperial College of TechnologyV.
Jayawant provided him with laboratory facilities at the University of Sussex School of Engineering, and it was convenient to take a train from his home in Bognor Regis.
There Laithwaite enjoyed his time over the past 10 years, continuing to study the gyro and linear motors.
Just a few weeks ago, they received a contract from Nasa to study the feasibility of using linear motors to launch space shuttles and satellites into low orbit.
\"It\'s been 10 years late,\" as laiswett said, but Nasa\'s interest has made him very happy and his colleagues in Sussex will continue the work.
Lathwaite worked until the end and did not die again.
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