Top Secret: British Boffins in World War One

Top Secret: British Boffins in World War One

by David Rogers

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909384217
Publisher: Helion & Company, Limited
Publication date: 09/19/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of images vii

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 Introduction, Administration and Infrastructure 13

Fellows in Government 25

Secret Patents 34

2 The Royal Society War Sub-Committees 40

Chemistry 40

Engineering 49

Natural products 52

Physics 55

Physiology 62

3 Government Invention and Research Committees 64

The Admiralty Board of Invention and Research 64

Distribution of work 68

Department of Munitions Inventions 78

Chemical Inventions Committee 84

Chemical Advisory Committee 88

Physiology Committee 93

4 In uniform / Seconded / National Service 95

Brigadier Sinton VC FRS 97

5 Too old / too young / academic research/ Reserved Occupations 111

War Badges for Reserved Occupations 111

Reserved Occupations 114

Those involved 116

6 Enemy detection / Allied concealment 125

Room 40 125

Enemy detection 131

Allied Concealment 141

7 Munitions / Gas attacks 144

Chemical payload 150

Munitions delivery 158

8 Engineering / Transport improvements and their raw materials 165

Warships 165

Air Inventions Committee 175

General Engineering 180

Raw Materials 180

9 Our Health and Well-being 183

The Royal Society Grain Pests Committee 185

Royal Society Food (War) Committee 188

Those involved 209

10 Conclusion 214

Appendices

I Minutes of a Meeting of the War Cabinet, December 13th 1917 227

II Members of the Board of Invention and Research, September 1917 240

III Report on methods of collecting sound from water and the determination of the direction of sound by Lord Rutherford FRS, September 1915 244

IV Report on submarine sound signalling, October 1915 247

V "Some Special War Work" written and presented by Sir Alfred Ewing to the Edinburgh Philosophical Society 13th December 1927 250

VI Some work of the Anti-Aircraft Experimental Section of the MID 1916 270

Notes 274

Bibliography 284

Index 287

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