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Henry B. Jackson

AKA Henry Bradwardine Jackson

Born: 21-Jan-1855
Birthplace: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England
Died: 14-Dec-1929
Location of death: Hayling Island, Hampshire, England
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Hayling Island Churchyard, Hayling Island, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Military, Scientist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Radio telegraphy

Military service: British Navy (1868-1924, to Admiral)

Sir Henry Jackson was raised in poverty, joined the Royal Navy at the age of 13, and fought in the Zulu wars before showing an aptitude for torpedo mechanics. He conducted some of the earliest experiments in radio telegraphy and its application to navigation, wiring a radio set on the HMS Defiance, and successfully broadcasting the length of the ship. In 1896 he was able to send radio signals several hundred yards, and the following year he was promoted to Captain and sent to a conference where he met Guglielmo Marconi. They began working together, and in 1900 Marconi was given a budget to install radio across the fleet. Jackson became Chair of the Radio Research Board, and oversaw important experiments into atmospherics, radio direction-finding, and radio frequency measurements, and the propagation of wireless waves. He also served as aide-de-camp to King George V and Admiral of the Fleet, and his father-in-law was mathematician Samuel Hawksley Burbury.

Father: Henry Jackson
Mother: Jane Tee Jackson
Wife: Alice Mary Florence Burbury Jackson (b. 4-Oct-1868, m. Jun-1890, d. 1940, no children)

    High School: Stubbington House, Fareham, England (1868)
    Administrator: Director of Royal Naval War College at Portsmouth (1911-15)
    Administrator: Director of Royal Naval War College at Greenwich (1916-17)

    Knight of the British Empire
    Hughes Medal 1926
    Order of the Rising Sun 1909
    Order of the White Eagle 1909
    French Legion of Honor
    Institution of Engineering and Technology
    Royal Society 1901
    UK Official Aide-de Camp to the King:(1917-19)
    UK Official British National Committee on Radio Telegraphy (1926-29)
    UK Official Radio Research Board (Chairman, 1920-24)

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