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Birthplace of Sir Barnes Neville Wallis
Ripley, Derbeyshire
associated engineer
Sir Barnes Neville Wallis
date  26th September 1887
era  Victorian  |  category  Birthplace of Engineer  |  reference  SK408509
Sir Barnes Neville Wallis was a pioneer of geodetic airframe construction and a leading figure in British aeronautical and aerial warfare design.
Barnes Wallis was born in Ripley, where for a short time his father Charles ran a medical practice. His father moved to London when Barnes was four years old. The boy received his education at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham (founded in 1552), to which he had won a scholarship. He left school at 17 and became an apprentice first at the Thames Engineering Works, Blackheath, and then J.S. White's shipyard, Cowes.
Known for his work on the R100 airship built at Howden, which made a successful flight to Montreal and back in 1930, he went on to design aircraft such as the Wellington bomber used in WWII, and the famous dambusting “bouncing” bomb.
After wartime work, he contributed to the progress made in radio telescopy, and to the design of swing wing aircraft.
Barnes Wallis was appointed a CBE in 1943 and knighted in 1968. He was awarded an number of distinguished medals for his work, held six honorary doctorates, was an honorary fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and a freeman of the City of London.
He died on 30th October 1979 in Leatherhead Hospital, aged 92.
Research: ND
"Barnes Wallis, A Biography" by J.E. Morpurgo
Ian Allen Ltd, Shepperton, Surrey, 1981
"Dictionary of National Biography"
Oxford University Press, version 1.1 (1997)

Birthplace of Sir Barnes Neville Wallis