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John Robert Vernon Dolphin

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1905 Born in Hoole, Cheshire son of Harold Evelyn Dolphin, a metallurgist, and his wife Dorothy

Educated at Marlborough College, and the United Services College

1924-27 Studied at Loughborough College of Engineering.

1928 Apprenticed at the Hydraulic Engineering Co of Chester

1929 Member of the Inst of Mechanical Engineers

1934 Resigned from I Mech E

WWII Commanding officer of Inter-Services Research Station which developed the miniature parachutists' motor cycle (Welbike) and the one-man submarine (Welman).

1951 Chief engineer of Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.

1957-59 Engineer in chief of research division of UKAEA

Became joint managing director of Lansing Bagnall and J. E. Shay

Invented the Corgi motorcycle. He was managing director of the Corgi Motor Cycle Company

1973 Died at age 67 in Henley[1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  • The Times May 04, 1973
  • UK, Mechanical Engineer Records