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T. C. D. Manby

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Thomas Charles David Manby

1973 Bio Note [1]

T. C. D. Manby, BSc, MSc, FlAgrE Fellow, is Head of Tractor and Machine Division, NIAgrE Silsoe. He is Vice President of the IAgrE and convened the Symposium on Agricultural and Allied Industrial Tractors held in 1971 jointly by IMechE and IAgrE. For many years he represented the UK on OECD tractor testing activities and led many ISO delegations. He received the Crompton Lanchester Medal, the Engineering Applied to Agriculture Award and Filtration Prize.

His interest in agricultural engineering was roused by his parents' automobile engineering business and their farming activities. After being an apprentice at Metropolitan-Vickers Ltd, he graduated with First Class Honours in the mechanically-biased civil engineering course at Leeds University, spent a brief period gaining experience on earth-moving and coal-mining projects and then joined the newly formed NIAgrE. He subsequently received his MSc for research on tyre and wheel performance.

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