Joan Elizabeth Strothers

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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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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

She helped save many lives with the invention and should be given her degree posthumously.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 20, 2019 04:34 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Quite the woman, James... and such a shame it took so long to recognize her contributions. As Raymond E. Camp said, she should be awarded her degree posthumously.

Aug 20, 2019 05:14 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray let's hope we never need to use that measure of diverting modern day missiles from the target...

Aug 20, 2019 05:17 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

She made such a contribution and it's too bad that she was not awarded her degree.

Aug 20, 2019 06:08 AM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Being an inventor must be very frustrating and in the end, rewarding, James Dray 

Aug 20, 2019 06:11 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. They may have denied her the degree, but they could not close her mind. Enjoy your day.

Aug 20, 2019 06:21 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a pretty sneaky woman, I would not try to put something past her, haha.

Aug 20, 2019 08:12 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning James,  Once again, you pick another woman that was great at being a star in her field.


Aug 20, 2019 09:04 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James- - -in your posts we see a part of the story but those parts often make me wonder. More.

Aug 20, 2019 10:00 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Sad she did not get her degree, and it should be awarded to her.  Thank you for another good story.  A

Aug 20, 2019 10:40 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- It gets my back up when I read of women who were denied something simply because they happened to be a woman. 

Aug 20, 2019 12:04 PM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - what she invented was not small thing that was used successfully by the allies in WWII.

Aug 20, 2019 01:38 PM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I am so glad that times have changed.  Though a piece of paper does not make you an educated person.  She certainly was a formidable and educated woman. 

Aug 20, 2019 02:22 PM #13
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
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Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years


I agree with Raymond, "She helped save many lives with the invention and should be given her degree posthumously."

Aug 20, 2019 08:13 PM #14
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Clever camoflague this woman invented !

Aug 21, 2019 05:02 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Isn't tht crazy that women didn't receive degrees, James? I cannot imagine! But, boy, Miss Stothers made up for it and put them all to shame, didn't she! 😃 

Aug 22, 2019 08:17 AM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray,  I really liked the selection of Joan Elizabeth Strothers Curran, a Welsh  scientist, inventor of radar chaff, an inventor of wartime technology, and her extraordinary contributions.  I note that Dr. Curran was born under the sign of Pisces and with connections to the sign of Aquarius... As an Astrologer, I can see how she utilized her God-given gifts.  Thinking of Albert Einstein, also born under the zodiac sign of Pisces.

Aug 23, 2019 05:00 PM #17
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

If you want to confuse someone/thing just introduce a woman James Dray .

Aug 24, 2019 07:03 PM #18
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Thanks for the history lesson on something I have seen in the movies.

Aug 25, 2019 02:56 PM #19
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I just came across your post, James. Thanks for educating me about Joan Elizabeth Strothers, another woman who didn't get the recognition she deserved at the time. Thanks for honoring her with your post.

Sep 18, 2019 07:02 PM #20
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