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Barnes Wallis
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Wallis as a sub-lieutenant in the
Royal Naval Air Service
Born
Barnes Neville Wallis

(1887-09-26)26 September 1887
Died 30 October 1979(1979-10-30) (aged 92)
Resting place St Lawrence's Church, Effingham, Surrey
Nationality English
Occupation Scientist, engineer and inventor
Known for Inventing the bouncing bomb, geodesic airframe design and the earthquake bomb
Parent(s)
  • Charles William George Robinson Wallis
  • Edith Eyre Ashby
Awards Albert Medal (1968)
Royal Medal (1975)

Sir Barnes Neville Wallis CBE FRS RDI FRAeS (26 September 1887 – 30 October 1979), was an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in Operation Chastise (the "Dambusters" raid) to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley during World War II.

The raid was the subject of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, in which Wallis was played by Michael Redgrave. Among his other inventions were his version of the geodetic airframe and the earthquake bomb.

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