Many would know Sir Barnes from his Operation Chastise
work with the Royal Air Force 617 Sqn in WWII which has been more widely known as the "Dambusters" raid of the
A genius of an Engineer, with much more to his credibility than the bouncing bomb, or indeed
the Operation Crossbow bunker busting
/ earthquake bombs
critical to aiding the defeat of the V1/V2 sites and the A4 Site
Heeresversuchsanstalt Peenemünde and many other targets - it is his aviation work with his considerably safer geodetic
frame design for aircraft which was instrumental to be able to create battle- and fatige-tollerant aircraft ever since. His
work was also a world first on the swing wing aircraft design for "Wild Goose" and "Swallow" along with
other firsts in hypersonic aircraft designs.
He was by the end of WWII the head of research and development
of Vickers-Armstrong which makes him a British Engineer of acknowledgement and many of our freedoms and the security we enjoy
today can be directly attributed back to his pioneering work.
It was his determination and at his great personal
expense that he achieved these results. His strident passion to deliver what he knew was a design that was so difficult to
deliver, yet would be ground-breaking once achieved. He knew it was often more about requiring many hearts and minds
to alter their normal approach and doctrine. He achieved many ground-breaking engineering designs against all the odds
and delivered a profound result that this award will so be founded.
It will be awarded every two years and
eligibility will initially be limited to our own Company. The award will be made at a formal event and take the form of a
personal etched quartz glass crystal and a golf ball, and we will see if we can acquire a lithograph of his diary design of
the aircraft geodetic frame design. In addition a cash award of £25,000 will go with the award.
criteria for the 2017 award will be either as an individual or a team:
To have achieved through personal
or team effort a significant and lasting change through strident, persistent [not maverick], technological and scientific
innovation that alters the security and safety of the United Kingdom thereafter the delivery of such work.
Bursaries, Scholarships & Awards
are a key part of our work to further science and engineering in the United Kingdom for all sectors not just our area of
Defence and Law Enforcement.