On one occasion, late in life, Watson-Watt reportedly was pulled over in Canada for speeding by a radar-gun toting policeman. His remark was, “Had I known what you were going to do with it I would never have invented it!” He wrote an ironic poem (“Rough Justice”) afterwards:

Rough Justice
Pity Sir Robert Watson-Watt, strange target of this radar plot,
And thus, with others I can mention, the victim of his own invention.
His magical all-seeing eye enabled cloud-bound planes to fly,
but now by some ironic twist, it spots the speeding motorist and bites,
no doubt with legal wit, the hand that once created it !
by Sir Robert Watson-Watt
1892 – 1973


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