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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jun. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853102857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853102851
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Big Ben TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2005
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If you have not yet heard of Sir Stanley Hooker, this will come as a treat. As a young (and brilliant) mathematician he joined Rolls Royce near the outbreak of WW2 - to find that the Merlin engine which powered the all-important Hurricane and Spitfire was down on power due to a supercharger design flaw that only he had spotted due to his mathematical abilities. In finding that extra power he will have earned the gratitude of a generation of pilots and by extension the gratitude of the nation whose existence depended on their ability to out-fly the invaders.
There is more... Throughout the war he continuously extended the development of the aircraft enigine superchargers that he had mastered, and became one of the first to appreciate and support Whittle in the development of the Jet Engine. Hooker was one of the key figures in the success of Rolls Royce jet engines, and went on to develop the Key ingredient in the Harrier Jump-jet, it's dedicated power plant.
And more, much more....
"Not much of an Engineer" has its dramatic personal twists, and Hooker is ruthless with what he saw as his own personal failings. In addition to his mathematical and engineering skills, he writes both fluently and with feeling.
Beg, borrow, or buy it, and read it. Highly recommended.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Oct. 2001
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As a lover of Autobiographies I thought this book was very easy to read and also a bit of an aid to my personal studies. I have a lot of respect for this man who brought Rolls Royce out of a rut of self destruction.Anybody with an interest in aviation should enjoy this but it is an easy read. The equations in the back of the book are very easy to understand.
Enjoy...
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun. 1999
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Stanley Hooker was probably Britain's foremost engineer of the 20th Century. An outstanding mathematician, he doubled the power of the RR Merlin, designed the Pegasus in today's Harrier, and, with Sir Kenneth Keith, rescued Rolls-Royce from oblivion. This book is a highly readable account of his contribution to aviation. The son of a Sheerness docker, he writes with clarity, pace and humour. Technical topics are contained in a full appendix, the principal one being the formula he developed which enabled him to transform the Merlin and, hence, the Spitfire, by boosting the input of the one and then two superchargers.
Bill Bedford, the Harrier's original test pilot, publicly wondered if Hooker was actually Britain's greatest engineer ever. Read this book and decide for yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darren H. on 11 Feb. 2009
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As others have noted, this book is a great read about one of our unsung engineer-heroes from the 20th century.

His application of science and mathematics to solving quality and performance issues of piston and jet aero engines is a great reminder to those today (who do not apply the same rigor!).

Each of the major Rolls Royce Aero engines is covered, from Piston-Merlins through the jets: Nene, Proteus, Orpheus, Olympia and Pegasus (both Rolls and Bristol manufactured). Each chapter covers the problems faced on improving performance of each and how to integrate and sell with aircraft manufacturers (most notably the Harrier and Concorde).

There's an interesting later section on selling to the Chinese some of the Rolls product set and latterly on the RB211 engine.

But don't let the talk of engines diminish what is a great read for the non-technical as well. There's lots of views on the management styles he was part of (or created) and the cause and effect of their actions too.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2005
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I think I have read this book five times, each time I find something new in it. Hooker shows, time and again, that very often, a simple approach to a seemingly intractable problem can produce extraordinary results. The book, which is "unputdownable", should be required reading for all undergraduate engineering students.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Brennan on 29 July 2009
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An easy read, very well written, full of interesting information on technology, people and the times.
HOWEVER there are a few areas I wish he had spent more time on, such as the break with Hs, the merger period when he decided to retire and also the white-hot shambles that was the RB211. He talks a little of each, but barely skims what sound like VERY exciting moments.
A wonderful book. I will keep looking for more in the same vein!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Greensted on 8 Oct. 2009
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I first reviewed this book for Amazon in 1999, but did so anonymously because I didn't want to say that I was related to Stanley Hooker lest it raised doubts about my objectivity. I've recently re-read the book, but haven't changed my opinion about it. Stanley Hooker was an extraordinary man, as his achievements demonstrate. He wrote this book in biro on lined pads as he struggled with cancer, a struggle which he ultimately lost, but I still think this lucid and readable book is a very fitting account of an extraordinary life.

My original review is reproduced below:

Stanley Hooker was probably Britain's foremost engineer of the 20th Century. An outstanding mathematician, he doubled the power of the RR Merlin, designed the Pegasus in today's Harrier, and, with Sir Kenneth Keith, rescued Rolls-Royce from oblivion. This book is a highly readable account of his contribution to aviation. The son of a Sheerness docker, he writes with clarity, pace and humour. Technical topics are contained in a full appendix, the principal one being the formula he developed which enabled him to transform the Merlin and, hence, the Spitfire, by boosting the input of the one and then two superchargers.

Bill Bedford, the Harrier's original test pilot, publicly wondered if Hooker was actually Britain's greatest engineer ever. Read this book and decide for yourself.
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