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David Speake

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In 1954 David Speake was given direction of a new Vacuum Physics Section at the Baddow Laboratories by Dr. Eric Eastwood the newly appointed Chief of Research. In 1962 he succeeded Dr. Eastwood as Chief of Research when the latter became Director of Research for the English Electric Group. In the major Marconi Company reorganisation in 1965 he became Director of Research. In 1968 he became General Manager, Telecommunications at the Marconi Headquarters. In 1970, now Technical Director of the Marconi Group, he returned to Baddow to also act as Director of the Laboratories  In 1982 following another reorganisation he became Deputy Director of Research for GEC.


The Marconi Research Centre - Great Baddow, Essex

This paper written by David in 1985 is a very detailed exposition of the research carried out within the Marconi Company, ranging from Marconi's own work in 1897 right through to the Marconi Research Centre within the GEC Laboratories. It shows the very wide range of theoretical and practical work carried out for the complete gamut of requirements presented by the divisions of the companies, many related to the science and technology of radar, and for many external organisations during peace and war, and is a testimony to the complete capability which the Company possessed.


To quote Sir Eric Eastwood " Baddow was the Mecca of research". 






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