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Rowland Emett

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Frederick Rowland Emett (22 October 1906 – 13 November 1990) OBE, known as Rowland Emett (with the forename sometimes spelled "Roland" [as his middle name appears on his birth certificate] and the surname frequently misspelled "Emmett"), was an English cartoonist and constructor of whimsical kinetic sculpture. [1]

The Hogmuddles Rotatory Niggler and Fidgeter was a well-known engineering design of his.[2]

He also designed the Far Tottering Railway for the 1951 Festival of Britain.[3]

In 1968 he designed the elaborate inventions of Caractacus Potts (played by Dick Van Dyke) for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.[4]

1982 The Self-Golfing Golf Machine designed by Emett was unveiled at the British Open Golf Championship at Troon in July.[5]

Engineering companies and science museums were regular customers for Emett's work. Honeywell requested a computer which he named The Forget-Me-Not Computer[6], Borg-Warner requested a car. Museums obtained the Exploratory Moon Probe Lunacycle and the Featherstone Kite Mk II Gentleman's Flying Machine.[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. | Wikipedia
  2. The Engineer 1953/06/19
  3. The Engineer 1982/04/01
  4. Wikipedia
  5. The Engineer 1982/04/01
  6. Wikiepdia
  7. The Engineer 1982/04/01