Admiralty Research Laboratory

Admiralty Research Laboratory
United Kingdom
Department overview
Preceding Department
Superseding agency
  • Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Parent DepartmentAdmiralty, Ministry of Defence

The Admiralty Research Laboratory (ARL) was a research laboratory that supported the work of the UK Admiralty in Teddington, London, England from 1921 to 1977.


During the First World War, the Anti-Submarine Division of the Admiralty had established experimental stations at Hawkcraig (Aberdour) and Parkeston Quay, Harwich, with out-stations at Dartmouth and Wemyss Bay, to work on submarine detection methods. The Admiralty also established an experimental station at Shandon, Dumbartonshire, working with the Lancashire Anti-Submarine Committee and the Clyde Anti-Submarine Committee, which subsequently moved to Teddington in 1921, becoming the Admiralty Research Laboratory.

Its main fields of research expanded to include oceanography (it housed the National Institute of Oceanography, 1949–1953); electromagnetics and degaussing; underwater ballistics; visual aids; acoustics; infra-red radiation; photography and assessment techniques. It moved to Teddington, southwest of London, so that it could benefit from the expertise of the National Physical Laboratory.

Notable employees

Notable people who worked at the ARL included:

Notes and references

  1. ^ Archives, The National. "ADMIRALTY RESEARCH LABORATORY". National Archives, 4 December 1957. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  2. ^ Archives, The National. "Records of Research Establishments". National Archives, 1874–1991. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  3. ^ Shield of Empire – The Royal Navy and Scotland, Brian Lavery, Birlinn 2007, ISBN 978-1-84158-513-0
  4. ^ National Archive Information
  5. ^ R. V. Jones Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Vol. 342, No. 1631, "A Discussion on the Effects of the Two World Wars on the Organization and Development of Science in the United Kingdom" (Apr. 15, 1975), pp. 481–490
  6. ^ Bio at Wellcome Trust Archived 2007-04-26 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Obituary in The Times Sat Dec 28th 1985, p8
  8. ^ Bio here
  9. ^ RV Jones Papers Archived April 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ British Library of Political and Economic Science
  11. ^ Wright, Peter; Greengrass, Paul (1987). Spycatcher. pp. 250–260. ISBN 0-85561-166-9.
  12. ^ Bio-details here Archived August 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Peter Wright, Spycatcher, Toronto 1987, Stoddart Publishers, Chapter 2.

External links

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