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Henry Beaumont Taylor

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Henry Beaumont Taylor (1891-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"HENRY BEAUMONT TAYLOR was associated with investigations into the operation of the internal combustion engine and more especially of the high-speed Diesel engine. He was born in 1891 and served his apprenticeship between 1906 and 1912, first with Messrs. Ekstein Heap and Company, electrical engineers, of Salford, and then with Messrs. Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day, Ltd., of Stockport, in the meantime attending classes in mechanical engineering at the Manchester Municipal College of Technology. On the conclusion of his practical training his services were retained by the latter firm as assistant to the chief engineer, for whom he was engaged on engine testing.

Subsequently he travelled in Australia and New Zealand as resident engineer on behalf of the firm in connection with large contracts. In 1918 he was appointed senior technical officer and head of the engine test section at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. After holding this position for ten years he joined the staff of Armstrong Siddeley Motors, Ltd., at Coventry, as chief experimental and research engineer.

In 1934 he received his final appointment as engineer in the engine research branch of the Anglo-Iranian Company, Ltd., and as technical adviser was responsible for the product, quality, and usage of fuel oils and lubricants in internal combustion engines of all types. Mr. Taylor, whose death occurred on 5th April 1948, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1940 and was transferred to Membership in 1945. He was the author of a paper on "High speed Compression-ignition Engine Research", which he presented before a joint meeting of the Institution of Automobile Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society at the Royal Society of Arts in 1927."

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