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Biography of Dr Edward V D Glazier CB
As a youngster in the 1950s, my interest in electronics and radio was sparked by a book called 'Night Fighter' by CF Rawnsley and Robert Wright which described hunting for enemy aircraft in a Beaufighter equipped with airborne radar in WWII. Later as a teenager I enjoyed tinkering with a government surplus Number 19 MkIII radio set, the prototypes of which were designed at the Signals Research and Development Establishment (SRDE) and an ancient back pack WS18. Click this link to see pictures:
Later at university one of my well used text books was The Services Textbook of Radio, Volume 5, Transmission and Propagation by EVD Glazier and HRL Lamont, see images at the bottom of this page.
So it was I started work at SRDE in the early days of Satellite Communications before being transferred to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE) at Malvern in 1978, never realising I was, to some extent, treading in the footsteps of EVD Glazier.
It did not cross my mind in those early days to ask who Edward Victor Denis Glazier was, and it was only recently I discovered from the Facebook Malvern History Page that Edward Glazier had been a Director of the Royal Radar Establishment from 1967 to 1972 and had earlier worked for many years at SRDE.
Edward Glazier was born at Romford Essex on 27th July 1912 to Albert Glazier, an Electrical Engineer, and Harriett Gertrude Line.
He was educated at Northgate Grammar/High School, Ipswich, before taking a degree in Engineering at the University of London, graduating in 1935.
The UK Postal Services Appointments Books record he was appointed an Assistant Engineer at the GPO, on probation, on 13th July 1937.
The 1939 Register describes him as a GPO Engineer living at 44 Sinclair Grove Hendon.
In 1940 Edward married Shorthand Typist Marjorie May Burgess of Ipswich at Knaresborough in Yorkshire. They had one son.
A summary of Edward Glazier's career was published in Nature on 2nd February 1963. To quote:
Edward Glazier was appointed Director of the Royal Radar Establishment by Anthony Wedgewood Benn with effect from 1st September 1967.
Later, in the 1970 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (Civil Division).
The National Probate Calendar records Edward Victor Denis Glazier of The Hollies, Mathon died on 6th January 1972 aged just 59 years. He was survived by his wife Marjorie and their son.
Dr Hugh Russell Letham Lamont
Research physicist Hugh Lamont who jointly authored Transmission and Propagation with Edward Glazier was born at Greenock on 7th June 1915.
The University of Glasgow archives record, to quote:
The 1939 Register records Hugh was a Research Physicist, ultra short wave lodging at 5 Pasture Road, Wembley so quite likely he was working at the GEC Hirst Research Centre.
In 1946 he and Robert Gibson Robertshaw of GEC were assigned a US patent concerned with separating signals in a common waveguide by means of polarisation. Subsequently Hugh Lamont published a Methuen monograph on Wave Guides circa 1950 which suggests during WWII he may well have been working on waveguide systems for centimetric radar.
In 1947 Hugh married Ida Winton at Hendon and much later the couple retired to Bournemouth.
On the 3rd January 2008 the Bournemouth Echo reported, to quote:
Here is the cover of the book Edward Glazier and Hugh Lamont co-authored .
The cover of Transmission and Propagation
(It once had a nice dust jacket)
Transmission and Propagation title page
Transmission and Propagation Contents
Transmission and Propagation Foreword
As far as we know, Volume 6, Wireless Communications was never published.
Transmission and Propagation Author' Preface
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Last updated 11th May 2021