British scientist who pioneered radar technology, which proved crucial to the Allied effort and eventual victory during WW II. In his lifetime he was awarded over eighty patents.
He earned a scholarship to the City and Guilds Engineering College in England.
At the Western Electric Company he created a way to reduce noise during long distance telephone calls, though the idea was initially too expensive to use.
The attention to numbers and figures came from his father, who was a Surveyor to the Royal Geographical Society.
For a scientist, he was quite superstitious, believing his work to be guided by the ghost of Michael Faraday.