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Dr Yuille had a long and distinguished career in naval architecture. This book covers nearly ninety years of his life, from childhood to retirement, during which he had his share of joy and tragedy. His work is described without going too deeply into technicalities and the reader is referred to his published technical papers for the details. Dr Yuille had to fight prejudice against computers and reluctance to accept new ideas. He says what led him in a particular direction and what difficulties he had to overcome. Ian Yuille served a wartime apprenticeship at Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd. and then studied Engineering at Glasgow University. After two and a half more years in the Ship Design Office at the shipyard he returned to Glasgow to take up a post graduate scholarship. His research concerned the strength of ships and in 1952 Dr Yuille joined the Naval Construction Research Establishment, Dunfermline. He was quick to see the enormous potential of digital computers for solving structural problems and became known internationally through his published papers on the strength of ships. In 1960 Dr Yuille became Advisor on design of structures to the navy's ship designers at Bath. In 1966 he transferred to the Admiralty Research Laboratory, Teddington, to develop techniques for computer-aided design of ships, achieving international recognition in this new field of research. The work led to the very successful computer-aided ship design system known as GODDESS. It was described as the most advanced system of its kind in the world and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects awarded him its prestigious gold medal. The narrative includes the human story underlying this success. After retiring from the Civil Service Dr Yuille spent several years as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Southampton. His wife died but he had a busy retirement.
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