Eric Zepler 1959-60 President of the Brit IRE
By Greville Bloodworth
Eric Zepler was the President of the British Institution of Radio Engineers in 1959 and 1960. This picture of him was painted in oil by D Houston in 1960 for the Brit IRE, and is now kept in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. It is a good likeness of him. As a new member of his department in 1959 I naturally joined the same institution. Here is his presidential signature on my membership certificate:
Eric Zepler was succeeded as President of the Brit IRE in 1961 and 1962 by the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who had a longstanding interest in radio engineering. He is best known for his command of the allied forces in Burma during the Second World War and for being the last Viceroy of India. He lived near Romsey. The School of Electronics and Computer Science is based in two adjoining buildings named after Zepler and Mountbatten. The Zepler Building was opened in 1999. The original Mountbatten Building was destroyed by fire in 2005, and it has been replaced by a new building with the same name.