THE chair of electrical engineering at the University of Birmingham has been filled by the appointment of Dr. Denis M. Robinson. Prof. Robinson, who is in his fortieth year, graduated as B.Sc.(Eng.) at King's College, London, in 1928; he was awarded the degree of Ph.D. of London in 1930, and had industrial training at Siemens and Metropolitan-Vickers. During 1929–31 he was a research student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, publishing a paper on "Unpolarised Resistivity of Glass". During 1931–35 he held a research appointment with Callender's Cables, Ltd., his work being published in 1935 as a monograph entitled "High Voltage Cables". Later he held a research appointment in television engineering, an experience which led to his being taken into the. Air Ministry in December 1939, where he is working in the Tele-communication R9search Establishment. His service, which involves frequent visits to the United States, has been connected with developments of new discoveries and the putting of these into production. He has thus been brought into contact with all the important electrical engineering firms controlling new developments. Prof. Robinson is therefore exceptionally qualified to effect the union of fundamental advances in physics with the established branches of electrical engineering.