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Albert Orton

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Albert Orton (c1882-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"ALBERT ORTON, whose death in his sixty-eighth year occurred on 31st May 1950, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1920. He obtained his theoretical training at technical schools in Walsall, Manchester, and Glasgow, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Bumsted and Chandler, Ltd., Hednesford, from 1897 to 1902.

He joined the drawing office staff of Messrs. Mirrlees Watson and Company, Ltd., in Glasgow in 1906. Six years later he was promoted to be chief assistant draughtsman at Stockport in the reconstituted firm of Messrs. Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day, Ltd. In this capacity he was chiefly concerned with the design of Diesel engines but was also engaged on experimental work in connection with other prime movers. He relinquished this position in 1929 on being appointed head of the Diesel side of Messrs. Armstrong-Whitworth's Diesel-electric traction department at Scotswood. After the sale of the Scotswood works in 1937 he was clearing up the affairs of that department and helping with the Kadenacy department at Slough.

He retired from Armstrong-Whitworth in 1942. Later that year he became reporter to the Research Committee of the Internal Combustion Engine Maker's Association at the request of its chairman, Mr. Charles Day, his former chief at Mirrlees. Subsequently the British Internal Combustion Engine Research Association was set up in 1943, and he became its original technical officer. He finally retired in 1946."

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