Watson-Watt on club’s radar

Pictured is the Sir Robert Watson-Watt statue.
Pictured is the Sir Robert Watson-Watt statue.

More than 40 members of Forfar Probus Club listened intently to a well-prepared and illustrated professional presentation on the life of Robert Watson-Watt, the ‘Father of Radar’, from retired Royal Marine Major Steve Nicoll.

Steve, a Dundonian, now lives in Brechin, Watson-Watt’s birthplace, and has thoroughly researched the former engineer, meteorologist and pioneer of the science that helped win the Battle of Britain in 1940. Like all devotees of the great man, he showed his delight that at last a fitting statue, unveiled by Princess Anne, stands in his home town.

Members were fascinated to learn a whole lot more about the clever school pupil and dux of Brechin High, a maverick scientist, sometimes difficult to work with, a personal publicist and brilliant salesman of ideas far ahead of their time.