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Robert Love (1879-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

ROBERT LOVE, whose death occurred on 6th November 1938, only eighteen months after his election as a Member of the Institution, was engineering manager to Messrs. William Beardmore and Company, Ltd., at the firm's Dalmuir works.

He was born in Glasgow in 1879 and was educated at Allan Glen's Technical School and at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. He entered the Govan works of Messrs. G. and A. Harvey, Ltd., in 1895 and served a six years' apprenticeship in the firm's workshops and drawing office. From 1901 to 1908 he was employed by various marine engineering firms on the Clyde, and became leading draughtsman to Messrs. Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Ltd., at Greenock.

He then joined Messrs. Beardmore's, with whom he was connected for the rest of his life. After holding the position of assistant chief draughtsman for eight years, he was appointed assistant manager of the engine works at Dalmuir. In 1921 he was made chief Diesel engine designer, with responsibility for the design of engines for motor ships, and in 1927 he also took over the responsibility for the steam engine drawing office. He was particularly concerned with the design of the Beardmore-Tosi engine, and was the inventor of a sealing ring for the pistons of this type of engine. In 1929 Mr. Love was appointed deputy engineering manager, and became engineering manager in 1935. He was responsible for the design of the machinery installations for various large steamships and oil-engined ships for the merchant service, and for the 72,000 s.h.p. cruisers, HMS Amphion and HMS Apollo.

Mr. Love, who was a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects, was the author of various technical papers dealing with oil engines and turbine gearing.

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