Barnes Wallis talk for Probus

Pictured, from left, are David Green, Ian Stewart and Dr Iain Murray.

Pictured, from left, are David Green, Ian Stewart and Dr Iain Murray.

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More than 40 members of Forfar Probus Club attended the last meeting to hear a fascinating talk about an engineering pioneer.

President Ian Stewart introduced Dr Iain Murray from the University of Dundee’s School of Computing who gave an illustrated talk, based on 10 years of research, on Sir Barnes Wallis, an engineer 50 years ahead of his time.

He showed how Barnes Wallis was involved in airship designs and then aircraft structural designs using geodetics

for lightness and strength.

During the Second World War he studied the earthquake effect from bombing and, in turn, developed the bouncing bomb which was used to great effect on the dams in Germany.

Dr Murray had original footage of trials of the bomg which were quite fascinating.

Barnes Wallis was also involved with the development and design of supersonic aircraft incorporating variable wing geometry and Dr Murray showed an assortment of clips which underlined just how far ahead of his time Barnes Wallis was before his retirement in 1979.

Club member David Green proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the members for what had been an engrossing and thoroughly interesting talk and video show which had been enjoyed by all.

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