BY WILLIAM B. MORGAN
FREDERICK H. TODD, an outstanding research naval architect, died on August 20, 1992, at the age of eighty-nine. He retired in 1969 from the Naval Ship Research and Development Center (formerly the David Taylor Model Basin) and lived his last remaining years near Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where he was born on January 6, 1903.
Dr. Todd was a naval architecture student from 1919 to 1925, receiving his B.Sc. in naval architecture from the Durham University, England, in 1925. During the pursuit of his education, he served an apprenticeship with Armstrong, Whitworth and Company, Shipbuilders, in the shipyard drawing and designing office and joined that company for one year after receiving his B.Sc. degree. He subsequently won the honor of being a 1851 Exhibition Scholar at the Durham University from 1926 to 1928 and received his Ph.D. from that university in 1931.
In 1928 Dr. Todd became a scientific officer at the Model Ship Testing Tank, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, England, where he had charge of models and research projects. In 1940 he became professor of naval architecture at Durham University and returned to the National Physical Laboratory in 1942 as deputy superintendent of the Ship Division. While at the National Physical Laboratory during World War II, he directed all model experiments and crew training in connection with the design of the artificial harbors used in the D-Day