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Charles Van Eugen

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Charles Marie Van Eugen (1890-1980)

1890 Born in Holland

Worked for Simplex in Amsterdam,

1913 July. Moved from Holland to Coventry

Worked for Daimler

Worked for the Royal Ruby Cycle Co

Worked for Clyno

Worked for Swift Motor Co

1922 December. Joined Lea-Francis as their designer

1930 Patent. 'GB355400. Lubricating valve-operating mechanism. Lea and A Francis, Ltd. Eugen, C. M. Van, Lower Ford Street, Coventry. June 5, 1930, No. 17393. [Class 12 (ii).] In an internal-combustion engine wherein the valves 8 are actuated from a central overhead cam shaft through rockers mounted on stationary rocker-shafts supported by brackets carried by the cylinder head ....'[1]

1930 Patent. 'GB344225. Change-speed gearing. Lea and A Francis, Ltd. Eugen, C. M. van, Lower Ford Street, Coventry. March 5, 1930, No. 7197. [Class 80 (ii).] Motor car change-speed gearing comprises aligned driving and driven shafts 2, 3 and a parallel lay shaft 11 enclosed in a gearbox divided transversely into two parts, one part 21 being integral with a portion of the engine....'[2]

1931 Patent. 'GB350234. Bearings for cam-shafts. Lea and A Francis, Ltd. and Eugen, C. M. Van, Lower Ford Street, Coventry. June 5, 1930, No. 17394. [Classes 12 (i) and 12 (ii).] The cam-shaft 2 of an internal-combustion engine is supported by one or more " needle " roller bearings 3 and a ball bearing 8 adapted to ...[3]

1835 Joined Riley as chief engineer for the Autovia

1935. Naturalization. 'Von Eugen, Charles Marie (known as Charles Marie van Eugen); Netherlands; Automobile Engineer; 34, St. George's Road, Coventry. 13 May, 1935.'[4]

1946 Chief designer at Wolseley

1980 Died

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] IPEXL
  2. [2] Directory Patent
  3. [3] IPEXL
  4. [4] Gazette Issue 34168 published on the 7 June 1935. Page 17 of 114