The idea of radio communication via artificial earth satellites, which seemed little more than 'a pleasant exercise in speculation' when first put forward by Arthur Clarke in our pages 15 years earlier, now began to look much nearer realization. The practical possibilities of using both passive (reflecting) and active (re-transmitting) satellites were discussed in an article by R J Hitchcock, who drew attention to the need for early international agreement on the allocation of suitable frequencies for the purpose, preferably in the band 2-6GHz.
A D Blumlein whose early and thorough investigations of stereophonic recording and reproduction were 're-discovered' in 1958
Tribute was paid in an article by M G Scroggie to the memory of A D Blumlein, one of the most talented, versatile and prolific of British electronics technologists. During his tragically short working life of 17 years Blumlein was granted 132 patents-one every 46 days! 'It is significant that the EMI equipment of the Alexandra Palace television station, almost every part of which owed something to Blumlein, made straight up from drawings to begin the world's first public high-definition service in 1936, was still in use in 1950'.
The death of Dr G W 0 Howe severed a link with our earliest days, since when he had been prominent in academic wireless circles. For 30 years he had been Technical Editor of our associated journal Wireless Engineer (now Electronic Technology).