As a schoolboy, Eric Hawthorn enjoyed pulling apart electrical things – then putting them back together again. One of his earliest recollections involves an old valve radio which was the pride and joy of his Auntie Anna. He carefully removed all the components, laid them out and cleaned the dust off each one – only to find that something had either been misplaced or moved and then put back in the wrong order. He blames it on the home help
Anyway, the radio never worked again. Since then, he has become somewhat more adept on the radio scene and is now one of the world’s leading radio frequency engineers – which, in turn, has enabled him to build a global business: Radio Design, based in Shipley.