Profession: Physicist and Radar Pioneer
Why Famous: A pioneer in radar and radio direction finding, Watson-Watt's research let to the development in the 1920s of the huff-duff direction finder.
The military potential of this invention was exploited during World War II, where it helped prevent U-boat attacks.
In the late 1930s Watson-Watt led the development of the radar early warning system that was vital to British victory in the Battle of Britain.
- 1935-02-12 First secret demonstration of radio signals detecting aircraft by Robert Watson-Watt at Daventry, England
- 1935-02-26 RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt
- 1935-04-02 Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt receives a British patents for RADAR
- Robert Watson-Watt - Lemelson-MIT