A good idea which stuck ...


Dr Norman de Bruyne (1904-1997), a researcher who developed synthetic urea-formaldehyde based 'aerolite' plus phenolic resin-based 'redux' adhesives and also sandwich panels with balsa and honeycomb cores used extensively today in aerospace, has been celebrated for his pioneering work with a Royal Aeronautical Society Heritage award scheme plaque.
The plaque, which will be placed beside the main entrance gate to Cambridge University Engineering Department, in Trumpington Street, was unveiled by Julie Spence, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, at an event in the James Dyson Building, which included a display of current research, de Bryune memorabilia and some up-to-the-minute products manufactured using Hexcel composites - including one I thought very sleek, a high performance wheel rim.