The Sixth Lanchester Memorial Lecture, “Trends in Unsteady Aerodynamics,” was given by Dr. W. P. Jones, M.A., D.Sc., F.R.Ae.S., F.A.I.A.A., of the National Physical Laboratory, on 22nd November 1962. Professor A. R. Collar, M.A., D.Sc, F.R.Ae.S., F.A.I.A.A., F.C.A.S.I., President-Elect, took the Chair for the President who was visiting the overseas Divisions.
Before the lecture, Professor Collar introduced Dr. William Greulick, Scientific Attaché U.S. Embassy, who presented the John Scott Award to Mr. J. W. Sparke, R.A.E., for his invention of the Visual Glide Path Indicator, in use at most major airports of the world and adopted as the U.S. Standard. Dr. Greulick gave a short history of the Award, which was founded by John Scott, a chemist from Edinburgh, in 1816 and given to the City of Philadelphia. Its premiums were for distribution among “ingenious men and women who made useful inventions” and the award was of a truly international character. It was now of the value of $1,000, with a copper medal and a scroll.
Professor Collar, introducing the Lecturer, said that Lanchester had been a great scientist, a musician, a poet and an engineer of distinction in a great number of fields. It was to him a pleasure and a privilege to preside on this occasion, especially as he himself had delivered the second Lanchester Lecture. He was delighted that Professor Schlichting and Professor Young, two other Lecturers in the series, were present. Dr. von Kantian and Monsieur Legendre, the two other Lanchester lecturers, regretted that they could not be present.
The Sixth Lecturer, Dr. W. P. Jones, was Superintendent of the Aerodynamics Division of the National Physical Laboratory. He had been educated at St. David's College, Lampeter, and at The Quee's College, Oxford. He had joined the N.P.L. staff in 1935, where Professor Collar was himself working at the time, and had been at Teddington since then, except for a year (1960-61) when he was the Jerome C. Hunsaker Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Jones had written a large number of scientific papers on aerodynamic problems related to flutter and aeroelasticity and was the Editor of the AGARD “Manual on Aeroelasticity,” a volume of great substance and interest.