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October 1953.

Maurice Platt, Chief Engineer of Vauxhall from 1953–63

1947 Bio Note. [1]

Mr. PLATT graduated as a Bachelor of Engineering at Sheffield University in 1919, subsequently presenting a thesis for which a Master's degree was conferred in 1921.

He gained practical experience with several companies including Albion Motors, Ltd., where he served for some time as technical assistant in the experimental department.

After an intermediate period of lecturing at West Ham Technical College, Mr. Platt became Technical Editor of The Motor, holding this position until he joined the engineering department of Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., in 1937, where he is now responsible for the design and experimental development of passenger vehicles.

Mr. Platt contributed many papers to the I.A.E., for one of which he was awarded the Crompton Medal. He is a Member of Council and Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Automobile Division.

1954 Bio Note [2]

Mr. Maurice Platt, M.Eng. (Member) graduated as a Bachelor of Engineering from Sheffield University in. 1919, and his association with the motor industry commenced when he was appointed as a technical assistant in the experimental department of Albion Motors, Ltd. He obtained his Master's Degree by presenting a thesis some two years later, and subsequently undertook a period of lecturing at West Ham Technical College, London.

In 1924 he became technical editor of The Motor, where he developed the factual type of road test report embodying performance figures obtained at Brooklands track under controlled conditions.

He joined the Engineering Department of Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., in 1937, and became power unit engineer in 1940. In the post-war period he became successively, passenger vehicle engineer and executive engineer, before being appointed to his present post of chief engineer. He is also a director of Vauxhall Motors, Ltd.

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