Not Much Of An Engineer:- An Autobiography

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Not Much Of An Engineer:- An Autobiography

Not Much Of An Engineer:- An Autobiography

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Years earlier Lord Rayleigh, Rankine and Stokes — all British — had shown how significant this property of the c. In 1940, Hooker was introduced to Frank Whittle, who was setting up production of his first production-quality jet engine, the W. He became more interested in aerodynamics, won the Busk studentship in aeronautics in 1928 and moved to Brasenose College, Oxford where he received his DPhil in this area in 1935. At the time when I was taken to the Faversham Cottage Hospital it was the custom for people injured in road accidents to be treated and boarded free of charge. I’ll admit the final pages were a bit too much for me, but for more technical readers with a better understanding of the maths/physics/engineering involved I’m sure they would have been useful/interesting.

The Aeronautics Department was situated in the basement of the Huxley Building in Exhibition Road, South Kensington. In a mix of humorous anecdotes and untangled expositions of the relevant technical aspects, Hooker covers much more than a very modest narrative of his fantastic trajectory to a leader in aero engine development. This time I was taken to a little country Cottage Hospital in the small and delightful market town of Faversham.After the operation, I could hear him coming to from the anaesthetic, muttering and moaning in the usual way.

They made the dreariness of being bed-ridden into an experience which I can now look back to with enormous pleasure and gratitude.They didn't know what to do with him, never having had such and esoteric person working there before. For this role, he produced his first completely original design, the Orpheus, which went on to power the Fiat G91 and other light fighters. Back to Hooker’s youth; that examination was followed by three more years at school, and in 1926 Hooker went to Imperial College, London with what were, for those days, lucrative scholarships. He retired from BAE in 1967 but came out of retirement four years later in 1971 to rescue Rolls-Royce from bankruptcy and successfully introduce the RB211 engine which became the platform for future Rolls-Royce engines and the success they are today. Ideally, this book should be read after 20 minutes or so spent listening and watching a documentary film on YouTube, passages of which show Hooker sitting at a desk talking and playing with a pad and pencil.

Hooker has more cleverly managed to convey a lot of technical information about jet turbine design and how they work in such a way that even a complete non engineer can understand it. He was permitted to study anything that caught his fancy, and soon moved into the supercharger design department. A remote disused cotton mill was utilized for the jet engine development, already beset by many problems which delayed definitive drawings, and by early 1942, the Wilkes brothers, who ran Rover, appealed to Hives for guidance in how to deal with Whittle. Thus, Hives to Spencer Wilkes, “ Hooker, here, seems to get on very well with Whittle, and knows all about his jet engine.The situation came to a head in February 1971, just before we got the improved engine on test, when Lord Cole declared Rolls-Royce insolvent'. I had two further operations on the leg during the 1950s, and on the last occasion my friend Gordon Paul, the great Bristol surgeon, said to me ‘I have done all that science can do for that leg. What I also like is that in this age where everyone snipes at everyone else, and bad mouthing people is 'ok', Stanley Hooker doesn't have a bad word to say about anyone.

In 1970, he retired fully, and was upset that after almost 30 years in the industry, he had never become director of engine development. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

It was Levy who introduced me to the Kármán Vortex Street, which is the series of eddies which are shed alternately from each side of a body moving through a fluid such as air or water. I do not have an engineering background and was concerned it might get a bit too technical since the autobiography largely concerns the development of jet engines from their earliest beginnings through to their use in supersonic aircraft and other fields. It’s not in your line of business, you grub about on the ground, and I hear from Hooker that things are going from bad to worse with Whittle.



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