NPL celebrates its hundredth birthday

A Century of Measurement, by Eileen Magnello

This book traces the history of the National Physical Laboratory, the first publicly-funded institution in the UK to undertake scientific research and provide services to industry.

Throughout its century of operation, the laboratory has made some important scientific advances, including the development of radar during the second world war, Alan Turing’s efforts on the ACE machine (one of the first programmable electronic computers) and Louis Essen’s work on the caesium atomic-beam to measure atomic time.

Magnello traces the work of the centre from its early 20th century beginnings, and considers its future as one of the world’s most prestigious national measurement standards laboratories.

Helen Beasley

223pp; £15; Canopus Publishing. ISBN 0953786811

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