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The Secret Life of Harry Grindell Matthews...

During the early 1940s high in the remote Welsh mountains one of the greatest British inventors of the twentieth century lived in seclusion. With Britain at war, Harry Grindell Matthews found himself isolated from the scientific community and a pariah of the British Government. The classic stereotype of the British inventor, Matthews was eccentric, determined and other-worldly but his achievements and world firsts make for impressive reading...

And much, much more...

But so revolutionary and far-reaching were his ideas that the British Government dismissed him as a fraudster and a crank. At a time when British boffins were frantically trying to develop Radar, Sonar, long-range weapons, defence systems and wireless communication, Whitehall and the government shunned him. Penniless and in poor health he planned to move to America to work for a large engineering company. But a heart attack was to rob him and the Allies of the amazing inventions that could have shortened the war.

Using disclosed files marked 'Secret' held at the National Archives in London, newly discovered documents, The Harry Grindell Matthews Collection and personal recollections from those who knew him, 'The Death Ray - The Secret Life of Harry Grindell Matthews' is a gripping account of one of the greatest, visionary, inventors of the twentieth century.