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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

(1892-1973), Pioneer of radar

Sitter in 19 portraits
In 1935 Watson-Watt, who had previously worked in the Meteorological Office and at the National Physical Laboratory, was appointed to lead a team to design practical systems of locating aircraft by radio waves. He developed a theory proposed by his assistant, A.F. Wilkins, for detecting aircraft with reflected radio waves; between 1935 and 1940 he supervised its transformation into the sophisticated radar defence system which largely contributed to the success of the RAF in the ability to locate incoming aircraft on the attack in all conditions and was a decisive factor in the Battle of Britain (1940), further applications included airborne and maritime radar and an identification device for friendly targets.

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(83)

Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1960
NPG P490(83)

Sir Robert Watson-Watt, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84993

Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 3 July 1941
NPG x84993

Sir Robert Watson-Watt, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x92000

Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 20 August 1942
NPG x92000

Sir Robert Watson-Watt, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x31021

Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, November 1943
NPG x31021

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative
NPG x81826

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 9 September 1936
NPG x104306

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 9 September 1936
NPG x104307

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 9 September 1936
NPG x104308

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 3 July 1941
NPG x178011

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 3 July 1941
NPG x178012

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 3 July 1941
NPG x178013

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 3 July 1941
NPG x178014

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 20 August 1942
NPG x95257

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 20 August 1942
NPG x95258

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 20 August 1942
NPG x95259

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 20 August 1942
NPG x95260

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 1943
NPG x31020

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, November 1943
NPG x169294

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Sir Robert Watson-Watt

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, November 1943
NPG x169295

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