Father of radar subject of museum talk

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THE FIRST talk in the spring and summer programme by the Friends of Brechin Town House Museum will take place on Tuesday (March 12) at 2 p.m.

The subject is the life and work of Sir Robert Watson-Watt who was born in Union Street, Brechin in 1892.

All talks are free, with refreshments provided and are held in the upstairs gallery.

Ahead of the talk about Brechin born Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the pioneer of Radar during World war II, Steve Nicoll, from the Friends of Brechin Town House Museum, commented that it was a privilege to have been invited to give the talk in Sir Roberts hometown.

He said: “Like a lot of people I wasn’t completely aware of how significant his contribution was and how without radar during the Battle of Britain the result could have easily gone against the RAF and threatened Britain’s security from a possible German invasion.

“I hope the talk will help to keep his memory alive and highlight the legacy of liberty provided by his work. The talk is aimed at following his early life in Brechin to becoming a top scientist working for the government during the war.

“He was initially tasked to develop a ‘death ray’ but his work with radio waves led him to conclude that he could assist in detecting enemy aircraft using radio waves.

“The illustrated talk will re-introduce Sir Robert and his work to Brechiners already familiar with his story and concentrate on his life before and after his involvement with radar.”

This will also be the first talk using the chairs bought by the Friends for use in the museum and were formally handed over to the museum staff in February.