Charles Gorrie Wynne

Charles Gorrie Wynne FRS[1] (18 May 1911 – 1 October 1999) was a significant figure in optical lens design.[1]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1970.[2] His candidature citation read: " C.G. Wynne is distinguished for his work in aberration theory and for his development of new mathematical methods embodied in the first successful computer programmes for the optimisation of optical systems of many kinds. In high performance optical instruments complicated lens systems are usually needed, systems of up to 50 parameters are common and over 100 may be required. Wynne has demonstrated conclusively that computer-aided design can lead to the manufacture of such lenses with substantially improved performance. As a consequence, the programmes he has developed are now in regular use at Imperial College and in industry. Examples of the work undertaken by Wynne include optical systems for sir navigation, for space research, for particle physics (CERN, CEA Saclay, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA) and for astronomy (for the Isaac Newton Telescope of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Palomar, Kitt Peak, and McDonald Observatories). Wynne is undertaking work on wide-field correctors for the 150-inch Anglo-Australian Telescope. Prior to 1960, Wynne worked in industry where he was particularly noted for developing, for the RAF, a series of high-performance survey lenses for aerial photography. [3]



  1. 1 2 Maxwell, J.; Wormell, P. M. J. H. (2001). "Charles Gorrie Wynne. 18 May 1911 - 1 October 1999: Elected F.R.S. 1970". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 47: 497. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2001.0030.
  2. "Library and Archive catalog". Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  3. "Library and Archive catalog". Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-02-27.

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