Alec David Young. 15 August 1913 — 27 January 2005

J. F. Clarke, N. Riley

Elected FRS 1973

Abstract

Alec Young, one of the UK's most distinguished twentieth–century aerodynamicists, was brought up in Stepney, where his father was a furrier. He was the sixth of eight children; both of his parents were refugees fleeing, in the late 1880s with their respective mothers, the pogroms and vicious anti-semitism that characterized the Russian empire after the assassination of Alexander II in 1881. The fate of Alec's grandfathers is not known.