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Dr. C. C. Paterson, O.B.E

Nature volume 140, page 717 (23 October 1937) | Download Citation



DR. C. C. PATERSON is delivering the Guthrie Lecture of the Physical Society for this year at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, South Kensington, at 5.15 p.m. on October 22. The title of the lecture is "The Appraisement of Lighting". Dr. Paterson is the director of the Research Laboratories of the General Electric Company, Ltd., Wembley. He was for sixteen years a member of the staff of the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, where he established and administered the Electrotechnics and Photometry Divisions of the Laboratory until 1918. He then accepted the task under Lord Hirst of initiating the G.E.C. Laboratories at Wembley. These have now grown so much in size and influence that they have a personnel of 500 and cover a floor area of about 170,000 sq. ft. Dr. Paterson's activities have not been confined to the Wembley Laboratories. He was president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in the year of the Faraday celebrations (1931). He has been president of the International Illumination Commission, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and this year of the Institute of Physics; he is also a vice-president of the Royal Institution and of the Royal Society of Arts. He has been Faraday Lecturer of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and Huxley Lecturer of the University of Birmingham. Whilst Dr. Paterson's activities in engineering and science have covered a wide range, his chief personal contributions and scientific papers have been in the fields of light and lighting. He has recently had the honorary degree of doctor of science conferred on him by the University of Birmingham "in recognition of his many contributions and services to electrical science".

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