1917-1918: Michael Longridge

1917-1918: Michael Longridge


Michael Longridge (1847-1928)

34th President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Longridge was born into a family of engineers, and was educated at Radley College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He then worked with his father on railway location and construction on the Continent. He superintended the design and construction of permanent-way materials, bridges, and rolling stock for the Swedish Central Railway and the Oxelösund Fleur Railway.

In 1875, at the age of 28 years, he joined his uncle at the Boiler Insurance and Steam Power Company, where he remained for the rest of his career. He was chief mechanical engineer at the company for fifty years. During that time he carried out research which was of great importance in the improvement of the efficiency of the steam engine as a prime mover.

He received the CBE for his war work.

Longridge died in 1928.

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