Sidney Samuel Straker
1861 Born in Lewisham, London
Educated at Kings College, London
1878-83 In the drawing office and workshops of Messrs Straker and Sons of Redhill, maker of printing machinery
1883 Studied in Frankfurt, Germany
1884 Engaged as the responsible engineer to Straker and Sons
1886 Went into business for himself as a mechanical and electrical engineer making dynamos and installing electric lighting.
1888 Proposed for membership of I Mech E
1891 Civil engineer, living in Lewisham with his parents, Charlis and Emma Straker, a stationer
1892 Patented methods of grinding corn and pulverising grain and dry substances.
1894 Patented an improved method of lubricating bearings - presumably formed Straker, Whitworth and Co to exploit this invention.
1895 Became an associate of the Inst of Civil Engineers
1896 Patented method of evaporating water containing salts and for removing salts from coils in heating appliances
1897 Patented improvements in oil engines
1897 Patented improvements in gears for motor vehicles
1899 Patented improvement in steam omnibuses
1901 Civil and mechanical engineer, living in Bromley, Kent, with Minnie Straker 29, Kennett Straker 4, Kathleen Straker 2
1901 Patent on steam vehicles
1901 Resigned as consulting engineer to Daimler
1901 Formed Straker Steam Vehicle Co
1904-07 President of the SMMT
1906 His connections (and only connections) with the automobile business at that time were Sidney Straker and Squire (previously Straker Steam Vehicle Co) and Brazil, Straker and Co (of Bristol, where he was a Director)
1909 Biographical information and image at Automotor Journal 1909/02/20
1929/30 Obituary 
Sidney Straker was born in 1861 and received his early training at C. Straker and Sons engineering works and later as pupil with Dr. Werner von Siemens.
After occupying various executive positions with general engineering firms, he formed, in 1891, the Straker Steam Vehicle Co and subsequently, in 1905 he founded the firm of Sidney Straker and Squire - he remained Managing Director of the company and its successors until 1924 being also a director of Brazil, Straker and Co.
From 1904-7 he was President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and took a prominent part in the establishment of the Olympia Motor Show.
He died in December, 1929, at the age of 68.
He was elected a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1918.
Sources of Information
- The Times, Nov 25, 1913
- 1891 census
- 1901 census
- The Times, Apr 11, 1906
- 1929/30 Institution of Automobile Engineers: Obituaries
- Mechanical Engineer Records
- Civil Engineer Lists