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Richard John Durley

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Richard John Durley (1868-1948) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University

1868 Born in Bierton in Buckinghamshire and educated at Bedford Modern School, University College, Bristol and University College London. He then trained at Earle's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co in Hull. In 1893, Durley won a Whitworth scholarship and in 1894 became chief lecturer in engineering at the Municipal Technical College in Hull.

Durley emigrated to Canada in 1896 where he later became Professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal (1901-1912). He was made a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1905.

During World War I Durley was Officer-in-Charge of Gauges and Standards in the Canadian Ministry of Munitions Department of Inspection. In 1918 he was awarded an MBE for his wartime services in Canada.[2]

After the war, Durley became Secretary of the Canadian Engineering Standards Association and in 1925 took the same position at the Engineering Institute of Canada until his retirement in 1938.

1948 August 13th. Died in Montreal, Canada.


1948 Obituary [1]



1948 Obituary [2]



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