Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,103 pages of information and 233,633 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
Richard Kirchner (c1908-1961)
Member of the Institution of Production Engineers
"IT is with regret that we have to announce the sudden death on Saturday, April 1, of Mr. Richard Kirchner, M.I.Mech.E., M.I.Prod.E. Mr. Kirchner, who would have been fifty-three next month, was deputy chairman and joint managing director of Arnott and Harrison, Ltd., and a director of Crawford Collets, Ltd., and Omes, Ltd. He was educated at Wilsons Grammar School, London, and Bonn University, and started his apprenticeship with Elephant Motors, Ltd. in 1924. During his apprenticeship he attended the Borough Polytechnic and, on completion of his time in 1928, went to Arnott and Harrison, Ltd. as a draughtsman.
Throughout his career Mr. Kirchner took a keen interest in the gauge and tool industry and was a founder member and signatory to the original memorandum and articles of the Gauge and Tool Maker's Association.
From its inception Mr. Kirchner was a Member of council of the association and served as honorary treasurer from 1947 to 1956. He was made a vice-chairman of the association in 1956 and last year was appointed a vice-president."