- Frederick James Camm
Frederick James Camm (
6 October 1895- 18 February 1959) was an English technical author and magazine editor. He founded several radio and electronics titles, some of which are still in circulation.
'FJ' Camm was born in Windsor,
England, the second child of twelve. The eldest, Sydney Camm, was a famous aircraft designer.
He shared with Sydney an early interest in building model aeroplanes and this led him to move to
Londonin 1918. Here, he became a technical editor for Benn Brothersin aviation and engineering. From there he worked for Pitmans Publishersand moved eventually, with his friend Molloy, to George Newnes. It was there that he was to produce the "Hobbies" journals.
In 1932, his supplement to "Practical Wireless" was launched as an independent title with 'FJ' as editor. Thus began a highly productive period: he went on to write or edit over a hundred technical books in such fields as
radio; television; aviationand automotive engineering.
He is best known, however, for his creation and stewardship of the "Practical" series of magazines for George Newnes. These were often known as "Camm's Comics":
Practical Engineering" - published weekly from 27th January 1940 (see [http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b206/phantomsteve/wikipedia/Practical_Engineering_vol_1_no_1_ed.jpgScan of Vol. 1 Number 1 Editorial (approx. 156Kb)] )
Practical Home Money Maker"
Practical Mechanical Engineering"
Practical Wireless" - still in publication
Camm died of bronchial
pneumoniaat his home in Windsor and is buried in the family grave at TwickenhamCemetery.
"Practical Television" was shortened to simply "Television" and, after changes of ownership, was finally withdrawn from publication in December 2006.
*"Cullingham, Gordon G. (1996)", "F.J. Camm, The Practical Man", "Thamesweb Publishing, Windsor, UK."
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