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 Enigma: Cruise Missiles, Rockets... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Enigma: Cruise Missiles, Rockets... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Phil Judkins
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    6:30 pm AGM + John ‘Longitude’ Harrison ... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    AGM + John ‘Longitude’ Harrison ... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    AGM + John ‘Longitude’ Harrison – what did he actually achieve? @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry | England | United Kingdom
    Doug Bateman debunks the many myths surrounding Harrison and the Longitude Prize. It is well known that John Harrison’s watch was the first to demonstrate that longitude could be determined at sea with the aid[...]
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    7:00 pm Upminster Windmill and the Boult... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Upminster Windmill and the Boult... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Chris Hodrien, Bill Whitehead & Colleague
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    5:45 pm Luxcrete: an invention that brou... @ LONDON Alan Baxter Gallery
    Luxcrete: an invention that brou... @ LONDON Alan Baxter Gallery
    Oct 11 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    Luxcrete: an invention that brought daylight to dark Victorian buildings @ LONDON Alan Baxter Gallery  | England | United Kingdom
    A lecture by Ian Edwards. The origins of Luxcrete can be traced back more than 100 years to a British inventor based in the States who patented a product in the 1880s that used refraction[...]
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    7:00 pm The Archaeology of Early Steam S... @ NEWCASTLE North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers
    The Archaeology of Early Steam S... @ NEWCASTLE North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers
    Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Michael Bailey. This is a joint meeting with SLS at the  Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne beginning 19.00.
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    6:30 pm The Deane Brothers and the Divin... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    The Deane Brothers and the Divin... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by John Bevan
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