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Charles G. Williams

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of Shell

1954 Bio Note [1]

DR. C. G. WILLIAMS, who has been associated with the Institution for over twenty-five years, and is also a member of Council of the Institute of Petroleum, is Director of Research for 'Shell' in the U.K.

After taking degrees in engineering at London and Manchester Universities, he was, from 1923 to 1930, a research engineer on the staff of the first co-operative Research Association formed for the Motor Industry. This was later to become the Research Department of the Institution of Automobile Engineers, of which Dr. Williams became Director of Research in 1934. He was responsible for the acquisition of the I.A.E. Laboratories at Brentford and, under his leadership, there was a rapid expansion of membership and in the scope of the research activities. During that period, Dr. Williams was personally associated with a number of investigations, probably the best known being his work on the corrosion aspects of cylinder wear. Other subjects with which Dr. Williams was associated included exhaust valve life, bearing temperatures, crankshaft fatigue, and brake friction and durability. He obtained his D.Sc. (Eng.) degree in 1941.

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