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James McFadyen McNeill

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James McFadyen McNeill (1892-1964)


1964 Obituary[1]

"WE regret to record the death, on July 24th, of SIR JAMES McNEILL, K.C.V.O., C.B.E. M.C., F.R.S., R.D.l., B.Sc., LJ.D.(Glas.). James McFadyen McNeill was born at Clydebank in 1892, and was educated at Allen Glen's School, Glasgow, and at Glasgow University, where he graduated in naval architecture and engineering. He entered the service of John Brown and Co (Clydebank) Ltd. in 1908. During the 1914-18 war he served as a major in the Royal Artillery, and was awarded the M.C. in 1918. He returned to John Brown and Co. to become assistant naval architect, and in 1934, when he was chief naval architect and technical manager, he was appointed a local director of the company. In recognition of his contribution to the design of many famous vessels built at Clydebank, including the "Queen Mary" and the "Queen Elizabeth" he was awarded an honorary LLD. by Glasgow University in 1939.

He was appointed managing director of John Brown and Co (Clydebank) Ltd. in 1948, and in the same year was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Two years later the Royal Society of Arts conferred on him the distinction of Royal Designer for Industry. He became deputy chairman of John Brown and Co (Clydebank) Ltd. in 1953, and in 1959 he was created a K.C.V.O. Sir James was President of the Shipbuilding Conference in 1955- 57, and served on the Committee of Lloyd's Register of Shipping. He was a former member of the Board of Governors at the Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow. He was also a past President of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, and an honorary vice-president of the Institution of Naval Architects. He retired from the board of John Brown and Co in 1962."


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  1. The Engineer 1964 Jul-Dec