Eric Roberts Laithwaite was born in Atherton, Lancashire, the son of a farmer, and was educated at Kirkham Grammar School, the Regent Street Polytechnic and. For this second blog we’re going to look at an inventor, innovator and communicator of science on TV and in the classroom. Eric Laithwaite ( ) came to. Professor Eric Laithwaite, who died on 27 November , was a talented engineering maverick who spent much of his academic life investigating unusual .

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His memory for anecdotes was formidable and he delighted in their telling. You will see below a list of the six lectures in that series. The quality is still amazingly good too.

Ever since Laithwaitte had been known as “the father of the linear motor”; however, as he constantly pointed out, he did not invent it, he simply rediscovered it.


November 12th, at 2: He married, inSheila Gooddie; they had two sons and two daughters. April 10th, at 6: Will the experiment succeed?

This formula governs gyroscopic motion laitbwaite is one of the tools used to explain what is happening in Laithwaite’s videos. Anyway, I am sorry if you already know all this.


IC Reporter, Obituary – Professor Eric Laithwaite

I was present at some of the lectures in both of those years. A gyroscope hangs from the ceiling on a long string Video I still have and treasure all his books. He joined the Royal Air Force in You can use these tags: April 1st, at 3: He returned to Manchester to teach from towhen he took up his chair at Imperial College, where he remained until he retired in Open to other comments to correct me on this….

That lecture series was called The Engineer in Wonderland. In his lecture before the Royal Institution he claimed that gyroscopes weigh less when spinning and, to demonstrate this, he showed that he could lift a spinning gyroscope mounted on the end of a rod easily with one hand but could not do so when the gyroscope was not spinning.

I really hope that maglev sets its foot in the USA, because that would give a big boost to this technology.

January 8th, at 3: It was sheer curiosity, like Alice following the White Rabbit,” Laithwaite was to say later. Hi Andrew and many thanks for your feedback. Retrieved from ” https: As you may know, he moved his research work to Sussex University just prior to his death, lzithwaite maybe look there?


PS Do you know where I laithwaie find the clip of the linear motor used with the tea tray in the Bond movie. They were looking for a new way of getting spacecraft into earth orbit, thought of linear motors, and headed straight for the world expert.

February 13th, at April 10th, at 8: The book goes into this experiment in great detail including photos and the problems they had in choosing the coils, connections, voltages and currents, etc. Would it shoot up in the air? But he never lost his fascination for gyroscopes. This was discussed in the BBC science series ‘Horizon – I have been unable to locate the whereabouts of the library containing the Circle of Magnetism.