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Guy Leslie Murray

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Guy Leslie Murray (c1888-1955)

1956 Obituary [1]

Guy Leslie Murray, who served as a Member of the Institution's Yorkshire Branch Committee from 1935 to 1938, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1919. He was also a Member of the Institutions of Locomotive Engineers, and Production Engineers.

His technical education was received at Fenton Technical School, where he remained for a further two years as a Lecturer. Meanwhile he served as an apprentice to Kerr, Stuart and Co., Ltd., Stoke-on-Trent, where eventually he became Works Manager.

He was later employed in a similar capacity with Joshua Buckton and Co., Ltd., Leeds, for about nine years, and then successively as a Consultant to W. T. Avery and Co., Ltd., and Works Manager to Manning, Wardle and Co., Ltd., Leeds.

He then assumed an appointment as Works Superintendent, Sudan Government Railways and Steamers, Atbara, Sudan, where, to overcome the difficulties of the Sudanese in interpreting European figures and letters, he devised a system for controlling the use of limit gauges by means of colours and combinations of colours.

Later he held the position for five years of Managing Director, Murray Colour Controls, Ltd., Headingley, Leeds, and in 1939 joined the teaching staff of Cheltenham Technical College, where he started and developed the College Engineering Department. His personal contact with industry led to the founding of engineering scholarships at the College by firms such as Thomas Firth and John Brown, Ltd., Sheffield. After leaving Cheltenham Technical College in 1950 he continued to work as a Consulting Engineer until his death on 7th October 1955 at the age of sixty-seven.

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