John Atwell

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Sir John William "Jack" Atwell CBE PRSE FREng FIMechE (24 November 1911 – 5 July 1999) was a Scottish engineer [1][2][3]


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He was born in Glasgow in 1911 the son of William Atwell (d.1953) and his wife, Sarah Workman.

He attended Hyndland Secondary School in Glasgow. He then served an apprenticeship with Yarrow Shipbuilders in Scotstoun, Glasgow.

In 1939 he received an MSc from King's College, Cambridge (where he was a Caird Travelling Scholar). He then began working as a manager at Stewarts & Lloyds, who were one of Britain's largest shell manufacturers during the Second World War.[5]

In 1963 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Sir Samuel Curran, John Currie Gunn, Sir David Stirling Anderson and Frederick Malloch Bruce. From 1977 to 1982 he served as their Treasurer and from 1982 to 1985 was the President. In 1992 he was awarded the RSE Bicentenary Medal.[6]

From 1968 to 1970 he was Chairman of the Weir Group. In 1973 he received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from Strathclyde University.

He was awarded a CBE in 1970 and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976.

He died in Glasgow and was cremated there.


In 1945 he married Dorothy Baxter, sister of his friend, Allan Baxter. They were married for 51 years.[7]


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  3. ^ ATWELL, Sir John (William)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 15 May 2013
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  6. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
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