The Cambridge Branch was formed in January 1957, holding its inaugural meeting on 11th March that year in the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Laboratories, still the venue for many of the Branch lectures.
The Branch draws its membership from a wide variety of backgrounds, including the aerospace and electronic industries and the Armed Forces. Their aerospace oriented interests are catered for with an imaginative annual nine-lecture programme aimed at members of all ages. The Branch has a strong track record of joint lectures with other learned bodies, including the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Welding Institute, the Institute for Manufacturing and most recently the Royal Institute of Navigation.
The Cambridge Branch annual prestige event is the Sir Arthur Marshall Lecture, inaugurated in 2000. Sir Arthur was a staunch supporter of the Branch, continuing to attend lectures until nearly a centenarian. The early Sir Arthur Marshall lectures were held in the University Engineering Department, while later ones used Churchill College and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. The most recent lectures have been held in the splendid surroundings of the new Howard Theatre at Downing College.
President: Air Marshal Philip Sturley
Chairman: Peter Jenkins
Vice-Chairman: David Whitehead
Secretary: Jin-Hyun Yu
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