Eric Christoper Stanley Megaw (1908 - 1956):
Eric Megaw was born in Belfast and was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and Queen's University. He had a natural talent with radios and in 1923 picked up a radio message from New Zealand. In 1924 he transmitted the first radio signal by an amateur from Ireland and in the next two years established the first radio contact between Ireland and Australia and the west coast of America. He worked for sixteen years with the General Electric Company in Wembley on the development of the cavity magnetron which proved critical to the success of the radar. In 1943 he was awarded the MBE. In 1951, he became Director of Physical Research with the Admiralty.