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Maurice Rollo

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Maurice Rollo (1902-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"MAURICE ROLLO, who lost his life in an aircraft accident in October 1950, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1930 and transferred to Membership in 1941. He was also a Member of the Society of Automobile Engineers in France.

Mr. Rollo was born in 1902 and educated at the Victoria University of Manchester, where he graduated with honours in engineering in 1925. His apprenticeship was partly served during his college vacations with Messrs. Crossley Brothers, Ltd., and Messrs. Alfred Herbert, Ltd., Coventry, and completed after a further eighteen months' training with the former firm in 1926. After filling various temporary positions he joined General Motors Corporation and in 1928 was appointed technical director and sales engineer of the firm's French subsidiary in Paris. In 1933 he became technical manager with control of design, experimental work, and production engineering. He left Paris in 1939 and took up an appointment as development engineer to Messrs. Avimo, Ltd., Taunton, aeronautical engineers, for whom his activities covered a wide range and included the development of bomb sights, aircraft carburetters and flame traps. For five years during the 1939-45 war he was responsible for technical production at Rolls-Royce aero-engine works at Crewe, and represented Crewe factory at inter-factory meetings.

From 1945 until the end of October 1950 he was commercial manager of the Paris office of the Associated British Machine Tool Makers, Ltd."

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