|Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt KCB FRS FRAeS|
13th April 1892 – 5th December 1973
The poem relates to RAWW being pulled over for speeding thanks to the police officer's radar gun. Legend has it that as the officer wrote out the ticket, Watson-Watt remarked, 'Had I known what you were going to do with it (RADAR) I would never have invented it!'
Pity Sir Robert Watson-Watt,
strange target of this radar plot,
And thus, with others I can mention,
the victim of his own invention.
His magical all-seeing eye
enabled cloud-bound planes to fly,
but now by some ironic twist,
it spots the speeding motorist
no doubt with legal wit,
the hand that once created it !
Sitting alongside William Shockley and so many others, Watson Watt possesses probably the cheekiest face of all my scientific and technologist heroes.