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Thomas Blackwood Murray

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Dr. Thomas Blackwood Murray (1871-1929)

1904 'MURRAY, Thomas Blackwood, B.Sc., 92, Camperdown Road, Scotstoun, Glasgow. Car: 12 h.p. Albion. Has driven 20,000 miles. Hobbies: Shooting, sports, physics and electricity. Is a director of the Motor Car Co., Ltd. Aims at increasing the flexibility of the petrol engine, and to make it automatic and self-regulating, so that the driver can control it by a single lever. Thinks the A.C.G. B. & I. should encourage imports of petrol from various sources. Club: A.C.G.B. & I.'[1]

1928/29 Obituary [2]

Dr. Thomas Blackwood Murray was born in 1871 and obtained his technical education at Edinburgh University, where he graduated as B.Sc., and after serving an apprenticeship to electrical engineering became a consulting engineer with his father. He was subsequently appointed Manager of the Installation Department of Mayor and Coulson, Glasgow.

In 1900 he entered into partnership with Norman Fulton, and jointly founded the Albion Motor Co at Glasgow, for the manufacture of commercial motor vehicles. The firm became one of the largest purely engineering firms in Glasgow, employing 1,800 persons. Dr. Murray continued as Joint Managing Director of the firm until a year before his death, which took place in Switzerland on 11th June, 1929.

Dr. Murray was elected a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1911, and served on the Council from 1911 until 1921, being elected a Vice-President during the last two years of this period. He was obliged to resign his Membership early in 1929 owing to ill-health, and was elected by the Council an Honorary Member of the Institution in June, the election being made, by a tragic coincidence, on the day of his death.

1929 Obituary [3]

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