Professor Les Barclay
Les Barclay was educated at Westcliff High School for Boys.
He joined the Radio Development Laboratories of E K Cole Ltd as an apprentice, becoming the senior apprentice. During his apprenticeship he obtained his degree through study at the Southend Municipal College, and also obtained exemption from the Brit IRE (later IERE) graduateship exams. He then joined the television research labs at EK Cole Ltd.
He joined the Royal Society International Geophysical Year Antarctic Expedition and spent the two years, 1957 and 1958, in the Antarctic, at Halley Bay, undertaking ionospheric research. On return to the UK he spent a year at the Radio Research Station, Slough, analysing and preparing reports on the Antarctic studies. He also wrote the report on sledging and surveying.
In 1960 he joined the propagation group at the Marconi Research Laboratories where
he undertook further research and developed systems of propagation prediction for
system planning and operation. Notably, he developed both manual and computer-
He became head of the ionospheric propagation section. He acted as Consultant to
the Local Radio Association, making proposals for independent local radio. He also
undertook the task of research theme co-
In 1977 he joined the UK government service in what became the Radiocommunications
Agency (now Ofcom). While there he became Deputy Director for Research and Radio
Technology, and had experience of responsibility across all aspects of the Agency's
work. He managed the Agency's research programme, and in particular the National
Radio Propagation Research Programme. He led and co-
In1993 he chaired the first Radiocommunication Assembly of the International Telecommunication
Union. He was chairman of CCIR Study Group 6 (ionospheric propagation) from 1978
to 1993, and chairman of ITU-
In 1994 he established Barclay Associates Ltd.
He lectures regularly on radio regulation, spectrum management and propagation at several UK universities, and has lectured on these topics at the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, and to the radio regulation authorities in Kazakhstan and Malta. He has been chairman of the organising committees for the series of IEE residential courses on radiowave propagation.
From 1990 to 1996 he was chairman of the Scientific Committee for Telecommunications of the International Union of Radio Science.
In 2000 he participated as an expert member in the government appointed Independent Expert Group on the Safety of Mobile Phones (the Stewart committee), and is currently the deputy chairman of the Dept of Health management committee for the mobile telecommunications and health research programme.
In 2005 he was appointed chairman of the DTI Measurement Advisory Committee, which oversaw the progamme at the National Physical Laboratory and other standards laboratories, and served until the reorganistion of DTI in 2007.
He is project monitor for a Technology Strategy Board (previoulsy DTI) research project on future mobile radio service provision.
Les Barclay has been a member of the National Council of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. He is currently chairman of the EFDSS editorial advisory committee, and President of the Essex Folk Association. He is a folk dance teacher and caller.
He is married to Janet and they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
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