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PA Consulting Group provides expert insight into the development of Radar

Dr carys lloyd | s4c | 26 may 2015

PA Consulting Group’s Dr Carys Lloyd, a technology expert, is interviewed for a science documentary on S4C, a Welsh language TV channel. The programme examines the role Welsh scientists had in the development of radio and radar systems, which ushered in a new technological age of wireless communication and remote sensing.

Carys talks about the role Welsh physicist Edward Bowen had in the development of radar which helped win both the Battle of Britain and the Battle of the Atlantic. By exploring the world's first operational radar station at Bawdsey on the UK’s Suffolk coast, Carys details the importance of the Cavity Magnetron technology developed by Bowen and his colleagues on the Tizard mission - a radiowave emitting device which is small and lightweight enough to fit on aeroplanes.”

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Carys explains: “Radar allows us to see and detect objects from a distance. It enables the location of the object and the direction of travel to be measured. The ability to fit radar systems onto aeroplanes was a huge strategic feat for UK forces. The outcome of the Battle of Britain would have been very different without such technology.”

Commenting on the background of the programme, Carys says: “Bowen’s story is the perfect illustration of how new technology shapes the prospects of nations. However as a shy and modest scientist, many in Wales and beyond will not be aware of his work. It is important that we celebrate and remember the immense contribution scientists such as Bowen provided to our society.”

You can view the clip here. Carys appears at 14m36s. 

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