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Sidney Alford

British explosives engineer and inventor

Died when: 86 years 16 days (1032 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn


Sidney Alford

Sidney Christopher Alford OBE (11 January 1935 – 27 January 2021) was an inventor, explosives engineer and a doctor of chemistry.Dr Alford was the Chairman of Alford Technologies Limited, a world-leading provider of explosive engineering and explosive charge technology, that he founded in 1985.

In 2015 he was awarded the OBE in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to explosive ordnance disposal.Alford is considered the pioneer in water projecting disruptors driven by high explosive.

These are used in bomb disposal.He also developed the renowned Dioplex linear cutting charge, and Vulcan shaped charge.Alford's explosive charges are some of the most highly regarded in the industry and are said to have saved many lives.

Alford's equipment is currently being used to support operations in Afghanistan in countering the threat from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

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