Catt Anomaly


Further copy sent slomail to Chief Executive IEE on 6aug03. Also cc Roger Dettmer, IEE.


To Dr Alf Roberts BSc PhD Ceng FIEE FInstP,

Chief Executive of the IEE,

IEE, Savoy Place,

London  WC2R 0BL


Every decade or so I approach IEE luminaries and ask them to resolve the problem called “The Catt Anomaly”, more properly called “The Catt Question”. This is a rudimentary question in classical electrodynamics which the IEE said came within its responsibility, see Secker in the first part of p11 of the book The Catt Anomaly, shelf number 537.8CAT in the IEE library. It can also be found on the www at


It is by now clear that the IEE lacks technical competence in this field, and also that it lacks access to technical competence in the field of classical electrodynamics. However, a duty remains, to convene a conference, as proposed on p55 et seqq. of the same book. There was no reply from the IEE to the 1995 Hock letter.


I look forward to your reply.


8nov02       Ivor Catt

121 Westfields,

St. Albans AL3 4JR,




Savoy Place



United Kingdom

T +44 (0)20 7344 5400

T +44 (0)20 7497 8863

Engineering the future

Dr Alf Roberts

BSc Ceng FIEE FinstP

Chief Executive

Ref: ar603


Mr Ivor Catt

121 Westfields

St Albans



28 August 2003


Dear Mr Catt


Thank you for your recent letter. The IEE looked into the Catt Anomaly problem some years ago and I do not believe it would be an appropriate subject for a conference.


Yours sincerely


[signed] Dr Alf Roberts