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Thomas Morgan Barlow

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Thomas Morgan Barlow (1886-1950)

1929 Listed as a chief engineer of Fairey Aviation Co. Of Wraydene, Burnham, Bucks.[1]

1951 Obituary [2]

"Major THOMAS MORGAN BARLOW, M.SC., was a prominent aeronautical engineer, who, in the course of his career, had held important positions in that branch of engineering. He was born in 1886 and educated at the University of Birmingham, where he obtained the degree of M.Sc. After a short period of training in the dynamo works of Messrs. Siemens Brothers at Stafford, he was appointed H.M. Inspector in the factory department of the Home Office in 1908. He relinquished this appointment in 1915 and saw service with the R.N.A.S. and R.A.F. subsequently becoming chief technical officer at the Martlesham Heath Aeroplane Experimental Establishment, and finally technical British representative in Paris. He was promoted three years later to the post of chief technical officer in the Royal Air Force, with responsibility for the supervision of all aeroplane and engine work. In 1924 he received the important appointment of chief engineer of the Fairey Aviation Company's works at Hayes, Middlesex, and Hamble, Hants. In this capacity he was in control of the design of all experimental and constructional work in connexion with every type of aircraft in course of production by the company. In 1928 he was made a director of the Fairey Aviation Co, and his final appointment, which he held from 1935, was that of director and manager for that company at Stockport. Major Barlow, who for some time had been in ill health necessitating his withdrawal from active affairs, died at Itchenor, near Chichester, on 13th May 1950. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1925. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society."

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