Joan Elizabeth Strothers was born in Swansea, Wales back in 1916 to Charles and Margaret. She attended Swansea Girls’ High School and in 1934 she won a scholarship to Newnham College, Cambridge. She had an honors degree in physics but never received it. Back in those days women were not awarded degrees from Cambridge.
She was hired by the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. She married Sam in1940, they were transferred to Swanage working on centimetric radar. In 1944, she and Sam were invited by the United States to help them in the Manhattan Project. After the war Sam became a Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University. She died in 1999 in Glasgow, Scotland.
What you may not know about Joan Strothers Curran is that she was the inventor of chaff, a radar countermeasure technique that used small thin pieces of aluminum, causing the radar screens of the enemy to be flooded with multiple returns.
That degree was never awarded but in her 70’s she did get a degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Strathclyde.
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