This week Alleyn’s School celebrated the opening of the RV Jones Science Building, a new development that includes state of the art laboratories, a rooftop observatory and a Cloud Chamber that allows the effects of individual electrons and alpha particles to be seen.
Eminent Alleyn Old Boy, The Rt Hon Professor the Lord Kakkar, formally opened the building and celebrated RV Jones in a speech about the scientist and war hero’s life and achievements. Daughter of RV Jones, Miss Rosemary Forsyth, joined with past and present pupils, staff and school partners to mark the occasion.
Ben Jones, Director of Science said: “At Alleyn’s we aim to encourage and feed curiosity with students inside and outside of the School. We have already welcomed over 20 external speakers this year. We promote numerous out-of-school opportunities and have plans for an extension of partnership programmes and outreach with local schools.
“It is exciting to speculate what the future of Science at Alleyn’s holds. And it’s wonderful to celebrate past and present achievement as we look forward to continuing to encourage and feed that curiosity.”
RV Jones, variously described as a war hero, wizard and trickster, was first and foremost a physicist and a problem-solver. Born in 1911 in Dulwich, he shone at Alleyn’s and went on to achieve a first in Natural Science (Physics) at Wadham College (Oxon) in 1929.
Jones caught the attention of military top brass and Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II, when he helped to decode and combat German radio beams used in bombing raids. He went on to jam enemy radio and submarine signals and designed the ‘Window System’ to fool hostile radar. His memoir ‘Most Secret War’ is regarded as a classic.