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Christopher Samuel Davy (1870-1940), director of Babcock and Wilcox

1940 Obituary [1]

Christopher Samuel Davy, a director of Messrs. Babcock and Wilcox Ltd., marine engineers, died on September 19, 1940, after a short illness.

Mr. Davy was born in London in 1870, and was educated at Birkbeck Institute (now Birkbeck College).

He was apprenticed to Samuel Worssam and Co., saw-mill engineers, of Chelsea, and later to Sir W. G. Armstrong, Mitchell and Co., Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne.

From 1890 to 1892 he worked with the firm of Tangyes, Ltd., taking this opportunity of studying at Birmingham University.

In 1892 he became chief draughtsman in the works of Grenfell and Eccles, Ltd., a firm engaged in the manufacture of special machinery. After two years he came back to London, where he worked for another two years as a draughtsman and consulting engineer.

In November, 1897, Mr. Davy joined Babcock and Wilcox, Ltd., in London, as a draughtsman. Within three years he became chief of the technical department; he held this position until 1919, when he became London office manager. Eight years later he was appointed assistant general manager, and then chief engineer.

From 1933 he was a member of the board and, though retiring from the position of chief engineer in 1935, he did active work as a director until his last illness. During his forty-two years' association with Babcock and Wilcox, Ltd., Mr. Davy was concerned mainly with the development of steam boilers, and soon became recognized as one of the leading engineers in steam-raising plant. In addition to work on boilers, he developed and improved the chain-grate type of stoker, and he was responsible for many patents in connection with boiler plant. For many years he took a leading part in the firm's commercial activities and travelled extensively abroad.

Mr. Davy was elected a member of the Institute of Metals in 1914.

1940 Obituary [2]

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