Sir Christopher Cockerell(1910-1999), Scientist and inventor of the hovercraft
Sitter in 4 portraits
Engineer and inventor of the hovercraft (1953); researcher for Marconi (1935-50), working on television transmitters and radar; developed ideas of air cushioned vehicles through the 1950s, seeing the launch of the first practical hovercraft in 1959; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery (1967-79).
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