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SE Laboratories Ltd. Wells, UK

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Name: SE Laboratories Ltd. Wells, UK    (GB)  
Abbreviation: se-labs-uk
Products: Model types
Summary:

SE Laboratories Ltd in Wells, Somerset, England: Guest Dave Hemming, an ex SE Labs employee for 25 years told us the following: "This company had no connection whatsover with SE Laboratories Inc., Santa Clara, USA." But there were some name changes over the years. SE Laboratories (Eng) Ltd; SE Labs (EMI) Ltd.; EMI SE Labs, Thorn EMI Technology - and Thorn EMI Datatech Ltd.

History:
SE Laboratories Ltd in Wells, Somerset, England: SE is the initials of the founders of the original company from 5/10/1959: Rolf Schild OBE and his colleague Peter Epstein. SE Laboratories, began life in a basement in New Cavendish Street with a working capital of £100.

Work soon flowed in, notably for instrumentation for the Government’s Blue Streak intercontinental ballistic missile — later aborted. SE Laboratories was soon compelled to relocate to more spacious premises at Feltham in industrial West Middlesex where, by the early 1960s, it was employing 300 people and was floated on the stock exchange with a value of more than £2million. The measuring instrument range of SE Labs was huge. Oscilloscoes, DVMs, Timer Counters, Frequency Response Analysers, Magnetic tape recorders, UV chart recorders, medical research, pressure transducers, strain measurement systems etc.

In 1966 the company was bought by EMI, for whom Schild worked until 1973, before leaving over a disagreement on the direction of research on the development of body scanners. After leaving EMI he was involved in a number of ventures which were eventually to become Huntleigh Technology in 1983, the Luton-based medical instrumentation firm which specialises in instruments for the moving, handling and monitoring of patients.

Rolf Schild, (1924 - 2003), was a German-born, British-based businessman, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who formed the company Huntleigh Technology, based in Luton, which manufactured and designed medical equipment. Born in Cologne, Rolf Schild came to Britain in 1939; he later learned his parents were gassed to death by the Nazis in Chernow in 1942. He later developed a talent in medical engineering, and in the early 1950s formed his own company, SE Technology. His achievements in medical design were awarded with an OBE in 1997.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
GB  80 Oscilloscope SM112   Analog dual channel oscilloscope SM 112 produced by the SE Laboratories Ltd in Wells, Some... 

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