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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I might have some video or images of that… Most things he did were a bit like you describe risky. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. It was, however, not simply a repeat of the one in !

As a result sric of the lecture were never published.

Eric Laithwaite – Wikipedia

Im not an Engineer or a Sric. Laithwaite was also a keen entomologist and the co-author of The Dictionary of Butterflies and Moths ; he had one of the finest British collections of specimens. He returned to Manchester to teach from towhen he took up his chair at Imperial College, where he remained until he retired in Hi Joe and thanks for your feedback. Is the series still available today? Sadly, I have a feeling that no one is left from the era of Eric Laithwaite who would have worked with him, at least not still at Imperial.


He was going to attempt to levitate a giant sphere above a series of coils. He decided to lecture about gyroscopes, a subject in which he had only recently become interested. He died within weeks of the contract being awarded.

February 2nd, at But laifhwaite never lost his fascination for gyroscopes. He also worked at applying linear motors on the Tracked Hovercraft laithwsite its cancellation.

A co-worker had posted the video demonstration of a large gyro wheel on face book, and after seeing laihhwaite immediately I had ideas flooded my head. America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration had commissioned him to develop a concept worthy of Ian Fleming’s Dr No – a five-mile long track to be tunnelled up the inside of a 10, ft mountain, hurtling a space capsule along the track and out through the summit into Earth orbit.


March 7th, at 2: Laithqaite 11th, at 8: Happy New Year, Andy Bennett. I have been unable to locate the whereabouts of the library containing the Circle of Magnetism.

It is clear from these that contrary to Laithwaite’s claims, circular motion does not have some force all of its own.

laiyhwaite Despite this rejection and the fact that Laithwaite later acknowledged that gyroscopes behave fully in accord with Newtonian mechanics[3] he continued to explore gyroscopic behaviour, maintaining the belief that some form of reactionless propulsion could be derived from them.

November 25th, at 2: Laithwaite retired from Imperial College inbut was offered no other research post untilwhen he became Visiting Professor at the University of Sussex.

The power was to come not from conventional rockets but from the love of Laithwaite’s life – linear motors. I remember a Laithwaite lecture for H.

In my previous blog on Eric Laithwaite you will find references to both that lecture series and also the second series he was asked to give in He chose to demonstrate his observations on gyroscopic force, coming to a series of false conclusions on gyroscopic motion. Although Laithwaite is best known for his ideas concerning gyroscopes, he also held an idea concerning moths. He became professor of heavy electrical engineering at Imperial College London in where he continued his successful development of the linear motor.

Eric Laithwaite was an absolute genius in the way he entertained and educated his audience. In the s, he was involved in creating a device to extract energy from sea waves see patent GB However, he had argued in [8] that there must be two different mechanisms for detecting pheromones: His specialist work was on Linear Induction Motors. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


He was involved in creating a self-stable magnetic levitation system called Magnetic river which appeared in the film The Spy Who Loved Me where it levitated and propelled a tray along a table to decapitate a seated dummy. He proposed that they communicate via ultra short wave electromagnetic phenomena Inventor in the Garden of Eden, E R Laithwaite page It was a Floating Ball experiment. Is it possible to purchase a dvd copy? It appears that Laithwaite was waiting for the sixth and final lecture with something new and controversial, possibly breaking these laws of science.

InLaithwaite was invited by the Royal Institution to give a talk on a subject of his own choosing.

It is an essential part of their learning of magnetism. His research in later years into Gyroscopes was, and still is, a topic of much discussion within the scientific community. Views Read Edit View history. On demobilization inhe attended the University of Manchester to study electrical engineering.

Eric Laithwaite

Laithwaite’s nomination for the Fellowship of the Royal Society was cancelled. I guess laiyhwaite super consciousness is at work. Notable among these were his Royal Institution Christmas Lectures to young people in and His memory for anecdotes was formidable and he delighted in their telling. I was one of eric laithwaites sceintific engineering children in the sixties and i have dedicated my life to the subjects he studied.

Fascinating post Colin, thanks. There was only a limited power supply available at amps or so, and they had no continuous control of the voltages. The book goes into this experiment in great detail including photos and the problems they had in choosing the coils, reic, voltages and currents, etc.