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P. D. Morris (c1899-1964)
"We record with regret the death of Mr. P. D. Morris, M.I.Mech.E, chief turbine engineer (Rugby) of the A.E.I. Turbine-Generator Division, who died on August 23 at the age of sixty-five. Mr. Morris had just retired after forty years' service with the company.
He was educated at St. Philip's Grammar School and the Central Technical College in Birmingham, and served an apprenticeship with Belliss and Morcom Ltd, mechanical engineers, prior to joining the B.T.H. turbine drawing office at Rugby in 1924. Three years later he entered the turbine engineering department, becoming assistant chief turbine engineer in 1939 and being appointed chief turbine engineer in 1949. When the A.E.I. Turbine-Generator Division was formed with headquarters in Manchester, Mr. Morris stayed in Rugby to look after the Company's turbine business there. Mr. Morris is known to many for his work on turbine governing and control mechanisms. He was the author of the paper Recent British Progress in the Design of Steam Turbines for Large Outputs" read before the Fifth World Power Conference held in Vienna in 1956 and co-author of a paper entitled "Canberra", read before the International Conference of the Institution of Marine Engineers in 1962.
He was a member of the British Standards Institution and of the International Electrotechnical Commission, dealing with the standardisation and specification of steam turbines. Mr. Morris has travelled in a consultative capacity on behalf of the Company in Australia, Canada, U.S.A. and European countries."