Sir Charles Goodeve

1904 — 1980

Biographical Memoirs

by F. D. Richardson FRS

(reproduced from the Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Volume 27, November 1981)
Browse through the Table of Contents or go straight to the full text of the memoir.


The Magnetic Mine and Countermeasures

Some photos and explanation of a mine mechanism.

The Oerlikon Gun

"The Ice Ship Fiasco"

A 1951 article in which Sir Charles lays out his unambiguous opinion
of the World-War-II "Habakkuk" project...

I (his son, Peter) add some comments of my own on this topic here

"How Society Works"

In 1975, Sir Charles founded 'OPUS'. This pamphlet was published by that organisation the same year.

"First Operational Research Conference, Oxford 1957"

Sir Charles was in charge of organizing this conference in the emerging discipline of Operational research.
The above link is a photo of the "Front Row" of participants.
Here is a larger (much larger!) photo of all the attendees with mouse-accessible names attached to most.

You can find a good description of the Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar (and more pictures)
as it was installed on the USS Slater.

A CDROM on the history of the British Iron and Steel Research Association
has recently been produced. The authors' description is here (not connected with this site):
"BISRA — The Immortal Memory"

The pages are maintained by Peter Goodeve (his son).