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Arthur Alexander Rubbra (1903-1982) of Rolls-Royce
Son of a Northampton watchmaker
Degree at Bristol University
1925 Joined Rolls-Royce Experimental Department to improve the Eagle engine
Later responsible for the Merlin design
Later responsible for the Griffon and Eagle 22
1951 Appointed Deputy Chief Engineer
1954 Appointed Technical Director of RR
1959 Technical Director, Rolls-Royce since October, 1958
1971 Joined the team led by Stanley Hooker to resolve problems in the development of the RB211 engine.
Arthur Rubbra set down some fascinating recollections of piston aero engine development work at Rolls-Royce, written in a matter-of-fact, self-effacing way, which were compiled and copiously illustrated by the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, and published in 1990
The Magic of a Name by Peter Pugh. Published 2002. ISBN 1 84046 151 9