Professor Sir Bennett Melvill Jones (1887-1975)

Francis Mond Professorship of Aeronautical Engineering 1919-52

Professor Bennett Melvill Jones gained his place in engineering history by demonstrating the importance of streamlining on the design of aircraft.

Animated morphing of aircraft from World War I to those of World War II:
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Aircraft morphing
Aircraft morphing
S.E.5 to Spitfire
Handley Page 0/400 bomber to Avro Lancaster

The idea that a moving body passing through air or another fluid encounters resistance i.e. aerodynamic drag, had been known since the time of Aristotle (384-322 BC), but it took Melvill Jones to demonstrate the importance of this to the performance of aircraft.