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John Mackay Murray (1902-1966)
"All those engaged in the building of ships and the operation of ships in this country and in maritime countries throughout the world will have heard with great regret of the death on August 5 of Mr. J. M. Murray who had been chief ship surveyor of Lloyd's Register of Shipping since July 1957.
John Mackay Murray was born on June 25, 1902, received his early education at Allan Glen' School and served his apprenticeship with Barclay, Curle and Co. Ltd. from 1919 to 1925. He graduated in Naval Architecture at Glasgow University in 1922 and then served as an assistant yard manager before moving to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to join Lloyd's Register of Shipping in 1928. Twenty years later he was appointed principal surveyor for research and became responsible for ship structural research and investigations and a complete revision of oil tanker rules. It was for his work on the revision of the Society's shipbuilding rules and the placing of them on a more scientific basis that the Royal Institution of Naval Architects awarded him the William Froude Gold Medal for 1965.
From 1933 onwards Mr. Murray presented numerous papers before the professional associations in this country and abroad and these gained him: the 1947 Premium of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland; the Shipbuilding Gold Medal, for 1958-59, awarded by the North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders; and the same society also awarding him the Gilbert Innes Prize in 1961. He also shared with Mr. H. N. Pemberton the 1961 Silver Medal of the Institute of Marine Engineers. Mr. Murray was appointed an Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in 1965 and was a member of the North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders, the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland; the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers; l' Association Technique Maritime et Aeronautique and the British Nuclear Energy Society."