Chilly at Heathrow

In late October 1955, Christopher Hinton, Britain’s reactor building engineer, made one of his regular forays from his Risley country headquarters to the big smoke. His three days in London turned out to be routine. On his return journey, he confided to his diary, he ate on the run, “sandwiches by the airport where the wind would do things to a brass monkey.”

If only he’d had an earth-shattering meeting, so that I could include that phrase in my book!


Hinton, Christopher. 1955. Hinton diary 1955. Folder “A.41”, Box “Hinton of Bankside – A.32 – A.45, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London.