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How German technology helped Britain win World War 2

The technology allowing the production of light metal surfaces was fundamental to the construction of British aircraft used in World War 2


This lecture tells the compelling story of Loewy Engineering, set up by an engineer who fled from the Nazis, and brought the crucial light-metals technology  from Germany to Britain in 1936. This new firm played a key role in wartime aircraft and naval vessel production.  

Ludwig Loewy was celebrated as an engineer.

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18 Sep 2024 

7:30pm - 9:00pm

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  • Surrey Local Network

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Jonathan Aylen

Senior Research Fellow - University of Manchester

Jonathan is honorary senior research fellow in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research within Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester, England and was a founder director of MIoIR. Jonathan has a very varied career, as an economist - winning a Partnership Trust Award for innovative teaching in economics – and as an engineer, an innovation researcher and in environmental management. He won the Williams prize for materials science.

Dr Aylen was President of the Newcomen Society for the History of Engineering and Technology (2019-2022).


University of Surrey - Rik Medlik Building (Block MS)

Stag Hill Campus

The University of Surrey campus is on the North side of Cathedral Hill. The main access road turns off from the cathedral roundabout. Park in the main car park, just beyond the private AQA Car Park. Parking is available to campus visitors and unrestricted after 5 pm. The Rik Medlik (School of Management) Building is directly across the road from the car park.