Sunday 7 July 2019

Churchill Lecture – Churchill the Scientist


John Thompson-Gray will address the English-Speaking Union on ‘Churchill the Scientist’.

Just as Churchill took the hard political and military decisions, his scientific intuition, foresight and courage overruled expert opinion to deliver outcomes like the decoding of Enigma, the busting of dams, real war radar and jet propelled aircraft. His bonfire model of nuclear energy (1931) pioneered a British nuclear deterrent and nuclear power generation. ( J T-Gray 2018 )

The event will commence at 5:30 pm, with drinks on arrival.
The Churchill Lecture will commence at 6:00 pm.
Following the presentation, guests will then enjoy drinks and a delicious selection of finger food from the China Sea Milton restaurant.

Reservations are essential.

Email with your reservation details.

Payment by direct deposit to the English Speaking Union BSB 034 086 Account number 169442 or by cheque payable to the English Speaking Union, PO Box 1429, Milton BC, Qld, 4064.

It is essential, for catering, that your reservation and payment be received on or before Sunday 30 June 2019.

Function Details
Where: ESU House
Location: Corner Coronation Drive and Park Road Milton
Date: Sunday 7 July 2019
Time: 5:30 pm
Cost: $45 (members)/$50 (non-members)

More about John
John has been an active member of the ESU Queensland for six years. Last year he joined the
panel of judges for the Roly Sussex Short Story Competition. He has a BSc from The University
of Queensland with majors in pure and applied mathematics and double sub-majors in each of
physics and statistics; and a BEd from Monash University with majors in administration and philosophy.
His Masters Degree from RMIT was by thesis in manufacturing engineering.

John worked with the Bureau of Meteorology, as a Master at Scotch College Melbourne, academic
and applied researcher at Swinburne University, and then had a 25-year career with BHP as
superintendent of technological computing, operational research, manufacturing management
and international technology exchange. He is the author of bestseller Japanese Blitz on Darwin as well as Love, Luck and Larceny, Memoirs from Broome 1942; How Great Thine Aunt; and De Kat met de Elf Levens (in Dutch).

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