Seaview, Isle of Wight

Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles

William Garnett had a house and sailboat at Seaview. Lewis Fry Richardson, a college friend of one of the sons, visited here and eventually married Dorothy Garnett in 1909.

G. I. Taylor was another sailing friend. Richardson was here at Easter 1912 when the news of the Titanic disaster arrived. He immediately thought that a ship could detect an iceberg by listening for the echo of a sound beam. He tested this in Seaview Bay, with Dorothy rowing and he blowing a penny whistle and timing the echo, using an umbrella over his head to focus the echo. The results were sufficiently satisfying that he filed for a patent in October 1912 - the basic patent for sonar and, later, radar. [1]
See also National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Baird and Watson-Watt under London individuals.

References (show)

  1. Taylor, Eva Germaine Rimington. The Mathematical Practitioners of Tudor & Stuart England 1485-1714. Cambridge Univ. Press for the Inst. of Navigation, 1954, reprinted several times. G.R. p.44.

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