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Frank Christian Fulcher

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Frank Christian Fulcher (c1889-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"FRANK CHRISTIAN FULCHER throughout his professional career was closely concerned with the design and testing of internal combustion engines and pumps, in connection with which he had numerous inventions and patents to his credit. He received his theoretical training in engineering at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. R. Laidlaw and Sons, Ltd., and Messrs. D. Stewart and Sons, Ltd., in the same city, between 1904 and 1909. After holding short appointments as assistant chief draughtsman, and later as chief draughtsman, in Messrs. William Beardmore's oil engine department he was appointed leading designer and experimental engineer in the submarine and heavy oil engine department of Messrs. Vickers-Armstrongs, at Barrow. On vacating this appointment in 1922 he established the firm of Messrs. Auto-Klean Strainers, Ltd., in collaboration with the Beldam Asbestos Co, to develop his patents, and acted as chief engineer and manager for five years. From 1927 to 1935 he was in practice as a consulting engineer and for the next three years was associated with Messrs. Vickers Aviation, Ltd., at Weybridge, where he was closely concerned with the design of C.I. engines.

He then joined the Plessey Company, Ltd., at Ilford, as engineer, to whom he was responsible for the exploitation of vacuum, hydraulic, and fuel pumps for aircraft. He resumed his practice as a consultant in 1939 and subsequently established the Fulcher Engineering Company, Ltd., at Ulverston, Lancs, where his death occurred on 26th April 1948, at the age of fifty-nine. Mr. Fulcher had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1940."

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