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The History of the Magnetron from WWII Radar to the Kitchen


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The invention of the High-Power Cavity Magnetron has changed the face of the world. But has the magnetron any future?

Date and Time

18 April 2018 - 18:30-21:00


Brighton, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - SE:Sussex local network.

About this event

The invention of the High-Power Cavity Magnetron by John Randall and Harry Boot at the University of Birmingham has changed the face of the world.  It certainly changed the course of, and significantly shortened, World War 2. 

The magnetron microwave oven has changed the face of the modern kitchen across the world and arguably initiated a cultural revolution that may never be reversed.  But has the magnetron any future?  Will it be overtaken by other competitive technology such as LDMOS (Laterally-Diffused-Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor)? Come and hear the latest evidence for answering this, as yet unanswered, question.


Professor Mike Underhill FREng FIET, CEO Underhill Research Ltd


18:30 - Refreshments
19:00 - Presentation starts
21:00 - Presentation ends

Reasons to attend

  • Network with your peers
  • Increase your understanding
  • Contribute to the discussion

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


Free of charge.

Additional information

This event has been organised by the IET Sussex Network.


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