Malvern History FlipbookCommand, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), based at our site in Malvern, Worcestershire, is steeped - like many other parts of our business - in decades of heritage.

In 1942, scientists from what had started in 1916 in Woolwich as the Signals Experimental Establishment moved to the Malvern site. They discovered the power of radar and in 1953 formed the Radar Research Establishment. Over the next decades they discovered Cadmium Mercury Telluride, produced the first real-time thermal imager, the first byphenal Liquid Crystal. In 1975 pyroelectric intruder alarms were developed and after a series of mergers the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment came into being in 1976.

The Queen became one of the first Heads of State to send an e-mail on 26 March 1976 during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment

The company went on to discover, amongst other pioneering technologies, the first 2-D pyroelectric array and were presented with the Queen’s Award for Technology in 1983. In 1991 Malvern became one of the founding members of the Defence Research Agency (DRA), and in 1995 developed the world’s most efficient solid-state silicon visible LED and made the first demonstration that a semiconductor (silicon) can be bioactive.

Since QinetiQ was formed in 2001, it has pioneered advances in many areas of the information industry, including displays, speech technology, imaging, communications and high performance electronics.

From the secret development of radar before and during WW2, to the innovative work of over 9,000 people in key scientific, research and technological areas, QinetiQ can proudly boast 13 Queen’s Awards, numerous personal awards to scientists and engineers, and internationally acclaimed scientific expertise.

Images in the Illustrated History of Malvern courtesy of the Malvern Radar and Technology History Society.

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