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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    6:30 pm Developments in Heavy AA Artille... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    Developments in Heavy AA Artille... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Geoff Smith
    Nov
    22
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    6:30 pm William Fairbairn and the Iron G... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    William Fairbairn and the Iron G... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Nov 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Richard Byrom
    Nov
    28
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    6:00 pm A call to ARMs @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    A call to ARMs @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm
    A personal account from Professor Stephen Furber,  the developer of the RISC chip used in all your smartphones. This is a joint meeting with The Computer Conservation Society. Please note earlier start time of 6pm
    Dec
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    7:00 pm Two Knights at Pandemonium: the ... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Two Knights at Pandemonium: the ... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Professor Jennifer Tann
    Dec
    13
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    5:45 pm Understanding the Gas Industry’s... @ LONDON Dana Studio,
    Understanding the Gas Industry’s... @ LONDON Dana Studio,
    Dec 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Professor Russell Thomas
    Dec
    21
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    2017
    6:30 pm Shipbreaking versus the Law @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building,
    Shipbreaking versus the Law @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building,
    Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Michael Galley
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