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Laurence Hudson Ashdown Carr

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Laurence Hudson Ashdown Carr (1887-1959), M.Sc.Tech., M.I.E.E., A.R.P.S., Engineer, Large Electrical Plant Department, Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co., Ltd., Trafford Park, Manchester, 17.



  • 1919-20 Honorary Secretary, N.E. Centre I.E.E.
  • 1935-39 Honorary Secretary, N.W. Centre, I.E.E.
  • 1920 Part time lecturer (evening) Manchester College of Technology.
  • Past-President, Manchester Astronomical Society.
  • Vice-President, Manchester Amateur Photographic Society

1959 Obituary [1]

WE regret to record the death of Mr. Laurence H. A. Carr, M.Sc.Tech., M.I.E.E., A.R.P.S., which occurred on August 27.

When he retired in 1955, Mr. Carr had spent thirty-five years in the service of Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, Ltd., latterly as consulting engineer (patents). Additionally, he served as the organiser of post-graduate studies, in association with the company's education department.

Mr. Carr received his technical education at Manchester University, and after some industrial experience joined Metropolitan-Vickers in 1920 as engineer-in-charge of large induction motor design. In this field he became well known for his work in connection with the development of the synchronous induction motor. In 1938, Mr. Carr was appointed engineer on special problems, and became patents consultant in 1943.

Mr. Carr was a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and was chairman of the N.W. Centre in 1942-43. He served on the Institution's council from 1945- 1948, received the Ayrton Premium in 1922 and Extra Premium in 1950. He was a member of the Court of Governors of Manchester University from 1949 to 1955, and was a past-president of the Manchester Astronomical Society and Manchester Amateur Photographic Society. Mr. Carr was also a member of many technical committees and was the author of a number of papers and articles on engineering subjects. His wide interests included astronomy and the technical aspects of history.

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