Christopher Cockerell life and biography

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Christopher Cockerell biography

Date of birth : 1910-06-04
Date of death : 1999-06-01
Birthplace : Cambridge, United Kingdom
Nationality : English
Category : Arhitecture and Engineering
Last modified : 2011-09-28
Credited as : electrical engineer, inventor, hovercraft

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Christopher Sydney Cockerell was an English engineer, inventor of the hovercraft.

Christopher Cockerell worked as an electrical engineer until he was 40, then quit to pursue his love of sailing by operating a marina and boat-rental service. He also offered design service for custom-built boats, and beginning in about 1953 he became intrigued with the idea of floating a boat on a cushion of air instead of water. After performing experiments in his home with tin cans, an electric fan, and a vacuum cleaner, he built a working model of a hovercraft from balsa wood, patented the concept, and literally pawned the family jewels to help fund construction of a full-sized prototype. His SR-N1, the first full-sized hovercraft, made its maiden voyage crossing the English Channel from Calais to Dover on 1 June 1959. He held dozens of patents related to radio technology, radar, and of course hovercraft, and he died on the 40th anniversary of the SR-N1's launch.

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