Stanley Hooker was born on 30 September 1907, 5th son of William Harry and Ellen Mary Hooker. He was educated at Borden Grammar School, Imperial College, London and Brasenose College, University of Oxford (becoming an Honorary Fellow in 1980). In 1936 he married (1st), the Hon. Margaret Bradbury, having one daughter, and in 1950 married (2nd), Kate Maria Garth, having one daughter.
Hooker's career included the following positions: Scientific and Research Department, Admiralty, 1935-38; Rolls Royce Limited, 1938-48; Bristol Aero Engines, 1948-59; Chief Engineer in the Engine Division of the Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited, 1951 and a Director in 1952; Technical Director (Aero), Bristol Siddeley Engines Limited, 1959; Technical Director, Bristol Engine Division of Rolls-Royce Limited, 1966-71; Group Technical Director, Rolls-Royce Limited, 1971-77; Technical Adviser to the Chairman, 1977-81, and Consultant, 1981-84, Rolls-Royce Limited.
Hooker died on 24 May 1984.
Copies of two papers by Hooker on the historical development of gas turbines and jet propulsion, including a survey of mainly British engines, and also on "The Barnoldswick Saga", on the development of the Whittle jet engine, 1943-46.
The papers were given to the Archives Centre by Professor J E Ffowcs-Williams in 1981.
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.
Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.
Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Sir Stanley Hooker, STHO
Churchill Archives Centre also holds the papers of Sir Frank Whittle (reference code GBR/0014/WHTL.
A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and on the Janus website, http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/
This collection (fonds) level description was created by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in January 2012. Biographical information was obtained from " Who Was Who" (A & C Black).