Eric Roberts Laithwaite was born in Atherton, Lancashire, the son of a farmer, and was educated at Kirkham Grammar School, the Regent Street Polytechnic and. For this second blog we’re going to look at an inventor, innovator and communicator of science on TV and in the classroom. Eric Laithwaite ( ) came to. Professor Eric Laithwaite, who died on 27 November , was a talented engineering maverick who spent much of his academic life investigating unusual .
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Many popular scientists are profoundly irritated by this sort of attention, often binning what they regard as “crank” letters. Anyway, Lsithwaite am sorry if you already know all this.
April 7th, at It is an essential part of their learning of magnetism. Laithwaute his lectures, Laithwaite suggested that Newton’s laws of motion could not account for the behaviour of gyroscopes and that they could be used as a means of reactionless propulsion. He returned to Manchester to teach from towhen he took up his chair at Imperial College, where he remained until he retired in November 12th, at 2: The tape is very worn and we would like to get a copy on DVD if possible.
It was one of the last great all-British postwar investments in high-tech engineering, but it was abandoned.
He was involved in creating a self-stable magnetic levitation system called Magnetic river which appeared in the film The Spy Who Laithwiate Me where it levitated and propelled a tray along a table to decapitate a seated dummy.
He decided to lecture about gyroscopes, a subject in which he had only recently become interested. Eric persuaded me to take up engineering, rather than business, and invited me to the Christmas lectures as well as the infamous RI lecture on gyroscopes. October 2nd, at 5: Laithwaite’s nomination for the Fellowship of the Royal Society was cancelled.
Precession of a Victorian gyroscope. His work on the Manchester Mark I computer earned him his master’s degree.
In Septemberhowever, two Nasa scientists arrived at his Sussex University laboratory, and his life went full circle. It was his fame, however, that was to lead indirectly to his downfall, in the eyes of many of his colleagues. He also worked at applying linear motors on the Tracked Hovercraft until its cancellation.
Colin Grimshaw colingrimshaw says: He threw himself into writing learned books on the linear motor and popular ones on invention; he renewed his childhood passion for butterflies at his death he had one of the country’s largest private collections of specimens ; he became a familiar figure on radio and television, where his engaging enthusiasm rapidly made him Britain’s best-known engineer of the day.
Laithwaite was an able communicator who made many television appearances.
Eric Laithwaite – Wikipedia
The track uses both levitation coils and linear induction motors and it can be seen in the “Magnets” episode of Modern Marvels on the History Channel. August 28th, at 8: So, when he was invited to give the Faraday Lecture at the Royal Institution, he knew exactly what to show his august audience.
There was only a limited power supply available at amps or so, and they had no continuous control of the voltages. He derived an equation for ” goodness ” which parametrically describes the efficiency of a motor in general terms, and showed that it tended to imply that large motors are more efficient.
It is because of the commendable researches and lalthwaite made by these genius scientist that we are having such a lavish and luxurious lifestyle. Alternatively, would we be able to make lwithwaite legal copy ourselves? His memory for anecdotes was formidable and he delighted in their telling.
They were looking for a new way of getting spacecraft into earth orbit, thought of linear motors, and headed straight for the world expert. Is it possible to purchase a dvd copy? January 8th, at 4: All the humming is coming from the huge electromagnetic field coming from the coils. You can use these tags: February 27th, at Open to other laithwakte to correct me on this….