“Major discoveries always come with a story: Newton had his apple, Archimedes had his bath tub, and Dr. Frank E. Fish, while shopping for a gift, examined a sculpture of a humpback whale in a shop and issued a fatefully inaccurate observation: ‘Look at that. The sculptor put the bumps on the wrong side of the flipper.’ “
Although there are as yet no production aircraft flying with the above design, Dr. Fish’s and Dr. Watts’ patent has resulted in a spinoff business called WhalePower which exploits the bumpy aerofoil technique in the leading edges of blades for wind turbines intended to generate electricity more efficiently. Perhaps a better candidate for ND, though martinets might point out that the Scottish inventor’s name had no trailing ‘S’ (that’s Watt, not Watts)
COMING SOON : Dr. Fish on swimming.