Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton, GBE, KCB, BA, FREng, FSNR
Following graduation Sir Kenneth joined the Royal Navy. From witnessing an H Bomb test at Christmas Island in 1958 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, he was in the forefront of naval technological and electronic developments. From early digital computers, he successively worked on development programmes for satellite communication systems, guided missiles and torpedoes. In 1987 he commanded Portsmouth dockyard and, amongst other things, became responsible for the care and maintenance of HMS Victory. He became Controller of the Navy in 1989 and on retirement in 1984 became Chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital Trust, and Chairman of the UKAEA.
Sir Kenneth became a Trustee of the Mary Rose in 1995 and Chairman from 2000 to 2008, during which time the conservation of the hull and artefacts recovered in1982 were nearing completion, and he led the planning for the new museum building. A member of the SNR since the mid-1980s, he joined Council in 2010 and became Chairman the following year until 2020.