Department of the Director of Experiments and Research

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Department of the Director of Experiments and Research
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Agency overview
Formed1920
Dissolved1946
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Parent agencyDepartment of Admiralty

The Department of the Director of Experiments and Research was a research department of the Department of Admiralty established in 1918 . It replaced the Board of Invention and Research. In 1920 the department was renamed the Scientific Research and Experiment Department.[1]

History

The Royal Navy had sponsored and carried out a good deal of scientific research in the nineteenth century, and a number of establishments such as HMS Vernon and the Admiralty Experiment Works had been set up, but the forerunner of the Royal Naval Scientific Service was the Board of Invention and Research, established in 1915 to initiate, investigate and advise on proposals for the application of science and engineering to naval warfare, including inventions sent to the Admiralty by members of the public. In 1918 it became the Department of the Director of Experiments and Research. Research and development in naval research establishments and externally to meet naval requirements were the responsibility of the Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy.[2] A Director of Experiments and Research was appointed to superintend the department. In 1920 the management of scientific research was reorganised and this department was renamed the Scientific Research and Experiment Department.[3]

Head of Department

Director of Experiments and Research

  1. Charles J. Merz, 1918-1920.[4]

Timeline

  • Board of Admiralty, Board of Invention and Research, 1915-1918
  • Board of Admiralty, Department of the Director of Experiments and Research, 1918-1920
  • Board of Admiralty, Scientific Research and Experiment Department, 1920-1946
  • Board of Admiralty, Royal Naval Scientific Service, 1946-1964
  • Ministry of Defence, Department of the Chief Scientist (Navy), 1964-1984

Footnotes

  1. "Records of Royal Naval Scientific Service". Kew, London: National Archives UK. 1912–1995. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  2. National Archives UK.
  3. National Archives UK.
  4. The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. October 1918. p. 1842.

Bibliography

  1. Records of Royal Naval Scientific Service". Kew, London: National Archives UK. 1912–1995. Retrieved 15 September 2019.