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Alexander Ogilvie (1882-1962)

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1909. Glider.
1909. Glider.

Alexander Ogilvie (1882-1962), C.B.E., M.I.Mech.E., F.R.Ae.S., F.R.S.A. - also known as Alec Ogilvie

1882 Born son of Arthur Graeme Ogilvie and his wife Mary at Carlton Hill, London

1901 Cambridge University - Mechanical Sciences - pass degree (but he doesn't appear in the list of Cambridge Alumnae)

1904 Apprenticed at Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Co, Aberdare and Bargoed, a firm where his father had been chairman.

1908-14 Aeronautical experiments with Wright Brothers; full scale experiments on and modifications to Wright aeroplanes and motors; experiments on instruments to promote safety of flight and reduce head resistance; conducted own experiments at Eastchurch, and Camber. Worked with G. F. Mort developing the first British aviation engine, the N. E. C..

1910 Known as Alec. Ogilvie when he gained his flying certificate at Camber

1911 Living at Prospect House, Camber, Rye, Sussex: Alec Ogilvie (age 29 born Hampstead), Living on private means - Employer. Also Trevor Prince Searight (age 28 born London), automobile engineer; Clive Frederick Uzielli (age 26 born Hampstead), insurance broker; and Herbert Rex Uzielli (age 20 born Hampstead), undergraduate. Four servants.[1]

1911 Mid-October. Accompanied Orville Wright to Kill Devil Hills for testing a glider.

Inventor of Ogilvie Air Speed Indicator

WWI Service with RNAS - in charge of training at Sheppey and then of the repair depot at Dunkirk

1917-19 Head of design branch, Technical Department, Air Board., and Aircraft Production Department, Ministry of Munitions

1919 Founded Ogilvie and Partners, Ltd, consultant aeronautical engineers

1920 Member of I Mech E

1922 Col. Ogilvie presented the 10th Wilbur Wright Lecture to the Royal Aeronautical Society, entitled "Some aspects of Aeronautical Research"[2]

1923 Presented paper "Gliders and their Value to Aeronautical Progress" the Third Air Conference[3]

1924 Presented paper "The Application of Power to Air Transport" at the World Power Conference[4]

1934 Married Angela Mildred Le Cren (nee Newbold) in East Grinstead[5]

1962 Alexander Ogilvie CBE, died in Christchurch; executors were Eric David Le Cren, biological researcher, and Douglas Graeme Hann, engineer[6]. Registered as Alec Ogilvie[7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. Flight 22 June 1922
  3. The Engineer 1923
  4. The Engineer 1924
  5. BMD
  6. National Probate Calendar
  7. BMD
  • Mechanical Engineer Records, 1847-1930