Eur Ing James Cockburn AE, CEng, MIEE

Jim trained as an Electrical Engineer at Portsmouth College of Technology (now Portsmouth University) and at Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Company, Chelmsford where he worked in the Broadcasting Division.

After National Service in RAF Coastal Command he joined Ferranti in Edinburgh, working initially on the development and trials of the ground radar part of the Mk II Bloodhound surface to air missile system. He then became the PDS Design Authority for the new solid state ARI 23205 TACAN navigational aid equipment for use in the RAF Phantom, Harrier and Jaguar aircraft.

In 1974 he moved south to join Marconi Space and Defence Systems at Portsmouth where he spent the remainder of his career working on the development and trials of torpedoes and other underwater systems and equipment.

Following his retirement he joined the Newcomen Society and now serves on the Southern Branch committee and was actively involved in the planning of the 2010 Summer Meeting in the Solent area. He became a member of Council in October 2010.

He is also an active member of the Defence Electronics History Society, www.dehs.org.uk, the IET History of Technology Professional Network www.theiet.org and a model engineer.

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