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Vice-Admiral Sir Frank Mason

1961 Bio Note [1]

Vice-Admiral Sir Frank Mason, K.C.B. (Member), received his technical education at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and the Royal Naval Engineering Laboratory. In 1923, he began his Service career as a Lieutenant. In 1925 he was second assistant to the Manager of the Engineering Department, H.M. Dockyard, Malta; in 1929 he served as Gunnery Engineer Officer, H.M.S. Rodney, and from the same year until 1937 he was Engineer Inspector, Naval Ordnance Department.

At the beginning of the 1939-45 war, he was serving in H.M.S. Excellent. In 1943 he was appointed Fleet Gunnery Engineer Officer, Home Fleet, and was was then Deputy Chief Inspector of Gun Mountings before finally becoming, in 1947, Chief Gunnery Engineer Officer and Deputy Director of Naval Ordnance.

In 1950 he was promoted Rear-Admiral (E), responsible for the design, manufacture and installation of propelling and auxiliary machinery and, in 1953, he became Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet, Admiralty, London.

Sir Frank became a Member of the Institution in 1950 and was previously on Council from 1953-57 and again when he was appointed to fill a vacancy during the 1960-61 session. He was Chairman and organizer of the 1959 Leonardo da Vinci Lecture.

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