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Society of Engineers

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Established in May 1854, The Strand, London.

Third oldest professional engineering body in the UK.

1854 May. The Society was founded as a means of reunion for former students of Putney College by two engineers, Robert Munro Christie and Henry Palfrey Stephenson, with six others. It was given the title of the "Putney Club." The first meetings were held at "Mr. Talmadje's," 221, The Strand, but in the November of 1854 the meeting place was changed to Mr. Christie's offices at 76, King William Street, in the City. It appears that in the early meetings various points of engineering practice were discussed in an atmosphere of informality. The custom of reading and discussing papers was introduced at the first meeting in 1855, with a paper by the first president, Mr Stephenson, on "The Rise and Fall of Putney College." At the annual general meeting in December, 1857, the name was changed from the Putney Club to the Society of Engineers.[1]

1862 E. Riley - Chair.[2]

1864 C. L. Light - Chair. [3]

1882 Jabez Church was the President. Baldwin Latham and R. P. Spice were past Presidents. For list of other members present at a visit to the Chatham Dockyard see The Engineer 1882/07/14 page 24.

1911 F. G. Bloyd - President.[4]

1946 Sir Winston Churchill became an Honorary Fellow and approved the use of his name for the Society's senior award.

Since then recipients of Honorary Fellowships have included:

Eminent Honorary Fellow was Sir Guglielmo Marconi, the father of the Radio.[5]

Past Presidents

1888 Arthur Thomas Walmisley. [6]

1894 George Abraham Goodwin[7]

1895 William George Peirce[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1954/02/05
  2. The Engineer 1862/10/17
  3. The Engineer 1864/04/08
  4. The Engineer 1911/06/16
  6. The Engineer 1889/02/08
  7. Journal of Society of Engineers, 1901
  8. Journal of Society of Engineers, 1901