- Ian Orr-Ewing
Orr-Ewing was a great-grandson of Sir Archibald Orr-Ewing, Bt. and was educated at
Harrow Schooland Trinity College, Oxford. After graduating in 1933 with a Bachelor of Artsdegree in electrical engineering, he worked with the BBCfrom 1937 until 1939, when he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserveand served in the North Africa, Italyand North-West Europetheatres during World War IIand was also General Eisenhower's Chief Radar Officer in 1945. After the war, he returned to the BBC until 1949.
Orr-Ewing's political career began in 1950, when he was elected
Member of Parliamentfor Hendon North, a seat he held for twenty years. During this time, he was: Parliamentary Private Secretaryto Walter Monckton, the Minister of Labour, from 1951-55; Parliamentary Under-Secretaryto George Reginald Ward, the Secretary of State for Air, from 1957-59; Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to The Admiraltyin 1959; Civil Lord of the Admiraltyfrom 1959-63; Vice-President of the [http://www.vmine.net/scienceinparliament/index.asp Parliamentary and Scientific Committee] in 1966 and Vice-Chairman of the Defence Committeefrom 1966-70.
Having been created a
baronetin 1963, Orr-Ewing retired from the Commons in 1970 and was created a life peera year later, as Baron Orr-Ewing, of Little Berkhamstedin the County of Hertfordshire.
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