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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    11:00 am Visit to National Museum Wales C... @ NANTGARW, National Museum Wales Collections Centre
    Visit to National Museum Wales C... @ NANTGARW, National Museum Wales Collections Centre
    Mar 30 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    There are still a few places available on our 30 March 2017 visit to South Wales. The plan is that we meet at 11am the National Museum Wales Collections Centre, Nantgarw, where the staff will[...]
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    7:00 pm The Thames Tunnel @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    The Thames Tunnel @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Julia Elton: The Thames Tunnel
    Apr
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    5:45 pm Frank Hornby & Mechanical Toys –... @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Frank Hornby & Mechanical Toys –... @ LONDON: The Dana Centre,
    Apr 12 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Deborah Jaffé. The entrepreneurial Frank Hornby was the inventor of Meccano, The Hornby Railway and Dinky Cars. This lecture looks at the origins of his designs, the manufacturing processes involved,  the images of[...]
    Apr
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    6:00 pm ICI Billingham and Steam Reformi... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    ICI Billingham and Steam Reformi... @ NEWCASTLE: Tyne&Wear Discovery Museum
    Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Fred Starr FIMMM, C.Eng. It will surprise anyone younger than middle aged, that British Gas, in the 1950s seemed doomed, almost deservedly so. The world’s oldest energy conversion company, it was[...]
    Apr
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    7:30 pm R101 Disaster and the Broken Ele... @ BRISTOL BAWA
    R101 Disaster and the Broken Ele... @ BRISTOL BAWA
    Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    A lecture by Bryan Lawton: R101 Disaster and the Broken Elevator Cable
    Apr
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    6:30 pm Stealth – its history and techno... @ SHEFFIELD: Kelham Island Museum
    Stealth – its history and techno... @ SHEFFIELD: Kelham Island Museum
    Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Professor Barry Chambers:  Stealth – its history and technology.  For directions to Kelham Island Museum please visit:- http://www.simt.co.uk/find-us
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