Samuel Curran was at the Cavendish Laboratories
with Rutherford in Cambridge before the war. It was
there he met Joan Strothers
who he later married in November 1940. In late
1940, he joined Philip Dee, Bernard
Lovell, Alan Hodgkin
and others at Worth Matravers. After the invention
of the cavity magnetron, Curran's development of spark gap
modulators was critical to the success of the magnetron
In 1944 he went to the United States with some twenty
other scientists to work on the Manhatten Project - the
development of the nuclear bomb.
In 1946 he went to
Glasgow University where Philip Dee, his wartime boss, was professor.
Later, as Principal and vice chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, he
took the lead in developing Britain's first technological university.
Sir Samuel Crowe
23 May 1912
- 25 February 1998