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E C S Megaw 1908-1956

Eric Megaw had already developed a talent with early radio by the time he entered school. As a scholar, he picked up the first radio signal received in Ireland from New Zealand. In his

professional career he made considerable advances in the use of radio waves, and was central to the development of radar just in time to deal with the threat of Hitler during the Second World War. He died suddenly from the stress of over-work.


ric Megaw was born on 19 January 1908 at the Grand Hotel, Portobello in Dublin. He was the eldest of four sons of Arthur

Megaw of north Belfast. All of the sons were educated at Campbell College, where Eric arrived in January 1922, already inspired by a book on electricity given as a birthday present, and versed in a theoretical and practical knowledge of radio waves which had been cultivated at Mourne Grange School. To facilitate his radio ex- periments, his father had built him a workshop at home – which, in scientific terms, merits all the mystique which has accrued, in literary lore, to the Little End Room of C S Lewis (see separate entry) at Belmont, only a mile from Campbell College. Eric was befriended by the Senior Science Master, Stephen Bennett (a well- known local botanist and President of the Belfast Naturalists’ Field Club 1920-1922), who encouraged his youthful enthusiasm for home-made crystal sets.


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