All too familiar.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present
and is gravely to be regarded.
Eric Laithwaite was a “talented engineering maverick” and professor of heavy electrical engineering at Imperial College [1964-1986] who developed the linear induction motor and maglev rail system.
Eric Roberts Laithwaite (14 June 1921 – 27 November 1997) was a British electrical engineer, known as the “Father of Maglev” for his development of the linear induction motor and maglev rail system.
Professor Eric Laithwaite, who died on 27 November 1997, was a talented engineering maverick who spent much of his academic life investigating unusual forms of mechanical propulsion and the linear induction motor.
Between 1964 and his retirement in 1986, Eric was professor of heavy electrical engineering at Imperial College.
In 1990 he accepted a visiting professorship at Sussex University and it was there that he died, just a month after securing a NASA contract for the design of a space launcher based on his linear motor system.
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