Ralph Denning (1925-), aeronautical engineer, initially worked for the Ministry of Aircraft Production and was a member of Operation Surgeon, which travelled around Germany in 1946 reviewing German developments aeronautical engineering. After returning to university he joined the engine division of the Bristol Aircraft Company in 1949. Here he worked on a range of engine projects including the Olympus (usedin Vulcan bombers), Pegasus (used on the Harrier) and on Concorde. He stayed with the firm as Chief Engineer (New Projects -Bristol) when it was absorbed by Rolls-Royce. His final venture before retirement in 1987 was the EJ200 Euro-fighter engine. In retirement he has worked as a consultant as well as developing creative hobbies including painting and wood-turning.