Philip Vassar Hunter

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Philip Vassar Hunter CBE (c. 1883 – October 22, 1956(1956-10-22)) was a British engineer and businessman. Born in 1883 in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, he attended Wisbech Grammar School and was later educated at Faraday House, an engineering college in Charing Cross, London.[1]

During the First World War he was the Engineering Director in the experiments and research section of the anti-submarine division of the Naval Staff[2] and was awarded the CBE in January 1920.[3] In the Second World War he invented the buoyant cable which contributed to the defeat of the magnetic mine.[4] In 1933 he was president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers [5] of which he became on honorary fellow in 1951[6] for "outstanding service to the electrical industry and to the institution".[4]

He was president of the British Ice Hockey Association from 1934 to 1958[7] and was responsible for hiring John F "Bunny" Ahearne in 1934 as the Manager of the Great Britain national ice hockey team which went on to win the gold medal at the 1936 Winter Olympics. He died at his home in Addington, Surrey aged 73.[2]


  1. ^ Hazell, J. T., "Philip Vassar Hunter (1883–1956)", rev. Anita McConnell, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford University Press, 2004). Accessed 4 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b The Guardian. 24 October 1956.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ London Gazette. 30 March 1920. p. 3767.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b The Guardian. 12 January 1951. p. 5.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ The Institution of Engineering and Technology (2007). "Past Presidents of the IEE". Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  6. ^ The Institution of Engineering and Technology (2007). "Honorary Fellows". Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  7. ^ A to Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey. "BIHA". Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
Preceded by
Edgar Walford Marchant
President of the IEE
Succeeded by
William Mundell Thornton OBE
Preceded by
Major B M "Peter" Patton
President of the BIHA
Succeeded by
Sir Victor Tait KBE