The Science of Secrecy

Date of past event:

11th March 2019

Report:

RV Jones Science Lecture: The Science of Secrecy
Monday 11th March, 7pm

Alleyn’s annual R.V. Jones Science Lecture took place on Monday 11th March, at 7pm, in The MCT. They were delighted to welcome broadcaster Paddy O’Connell, best known for presenting BBC Radio 4’s Sunday news programme, Broadcasting House.

During what was British Science Week, Paddy O’Connell spoke on the Scientific triumphs of Alleyn’s old boy R.V. Jones, after whom the annual Science lecture is named. Described by Winston Churchill as doing ‘more to save us from disaster than many who are glittering with trinkets,’ old boy, R.V. Jones was a Physicist with an unrivalled war record. Through the Battle of the Beams, Operation ‘Aspirin,’ and his Window jamming system Jones successfully foiled the Nazis with technological deception and misdirection.

Paddy O’Connell, as Chairman of the 47 Royal Marine Commando Association and having met R.V. Jones a number of times, has a personal interest in Jones’ story, and, more generally in the use of technology in intelligence work during the war. This was a wonderful talk by a great broadcaster, on a thrilling subject.