Waite, A(shley) D. 1930-

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WAITE, A(shley) D. 1930-

PERSONAL: Born June 19, 1930, in Swindon, Wiltshire, England; son of Reginald John (a police officer) and Doris Mabel (Huggins) Waite; married Kathleen Leighfield, July 31, 1951; children: Paul, Philip, Catherine. Education: Attended University of Bristol, 1950. Politics: Liberal.

ADDRESSES: Home—29 Connaught Gardens, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 9PD, England. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: British Ministry of Defence, Portland, England, underwater warfare researcher, c. 1950-90; Ferranti Thomson Sonar Systems (now Thales Underwater Systems), consultant, primarily in active sonar systems, c. 1990-2000; independent sonar consultant and writer, c. 2000—.


Sonar for Practising Engineers, Thomson Marconi (Templecombe, England), 1996, 3rd edition, Wiley Publishing Group (New York, NY), 2002.

SIDELIGHTS: A. D. Waite told CA: "Most books on sonar—the use of underwater sound for the detection, classification, and location of underwater targets and for communications and telemetry—have been written by physicists and mathematicians and, as such, they often lack information on realistic sonar systems. The aim of my book—written by a practicing engineer for practicing engineers—is to provide both an understanding of the basic principles of underwater sound and practical information which will be immediately useful to engineers and technicians."