Our Bessemer letters are now online, free for all to read! One discusses the affinity of phosphorus and iron and the separation of the two. Bessemer is most widely known for the process named for him. Born in Hertfordshire in 1813 to a French engineer father, he showed an interest in engineering and invention as a boy. His first invention, was to use brass as … Continue reading SIR HENRY BESSEMER


Calum Hughes reviews ten key oil and gas resources for mechanical engineers. Calum is a dual-qualified chartered mechanical engineer and lawyer. He is a Director of Yellow Wood Energy Consulting and a long-term member of the IMechE’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals Committee. Process systems and materials for CO2 capture: modelling, design, control and integration (Wiley, 2017) A compilation of technical papers and case studies covering … Continue reading TOP OIL AND GAS RESOURCES

Harrison's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Douglas Roy Dilworth Harrison: 26th March Associate Member 1912. Mechanical Engineer, Prince Line Steamships. Sergeant, Royal Fusiliers; then 2nd Lieutenant/Assistant Adjutant Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action. 1918 Obituary  Sec.-Lieut. DOUGLAS ROY DILWORTH HARRISON, Durham Light Infantry, was born at Burnley on 11th February 1883. He was educated at Burnley Grammar School … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Adams' membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Dudley Adams: 21st March Graduate 1911; Associate Member 1918. Engineer, Adams & Co. Educated in Sydney. Captain, Royal Field Artillery/ Royal Garrison Artillery, 130th Heavy Battery. Joined 1915. Killed in action, France. 1918 Obituary  Captain DUDLEY ADAMS, R.G.A., was born in Sydney on 2nd November 1890, being the elder son of W. … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

BOOK REVIEW: A square deal all round

This month we have a book review by David Andrews, member of the IMechE Engineering Heritage Awards Committee. David reviews A square deal all round, which tells the story of the famous company Perkins Engines. The title is a pun on the Perkins logo, which is made up of circles intersecting a square. He recommends the book as: “engineers can always learn something from studying the … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: A square deal all round


Tribology is the science of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It derives from the Greek word tribos, meaning ‘rubbing’. Graham Isaac, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds, reviews resources on tribology from the IMechE Library. These comprise currently available classic and recent texts on the fundamentals, together with books on specialised applications. Members can follow the links to find out … Continue reading TOP TRIBOLOGY RESOURCES



The modern engineer can research and record engineering ideas using mobile devices and camera phones, as well as more traditional methods. In the 19th century engineers carried notebooks and a pencil to sketch designs on the move.  A man who exemplifies the image of the Victorian engineer as artist is David Joy, born in Leeds in 1825.  A collection of his drawings and his diary … Continue reading DAVID JOY

Cable's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Gordon Porter Cable: 2nd January Associate Member 1913. Acting Deputy Executive Engineer, Bombay. Captain, Indian Army, Indian Army Reserve of Officers, Jaipur Transport Corps. Indian national. Institution First World War Honour Roll Members log in to Ancestry, via our Virtual Library, to access membership records for free. Archives, Institution of Mechanical Engineering Save Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Hiram Maxim and gun


Hiram Maxim was a prolific inventor; in 1866 he took out his first patent for a hair-curling iron. He went on to make improvements to automatic sprinklers, feed-water heaters, gas motors, dynamos and lamp carbons. He is also credited with constructing the first tricycle built in America. His rare talent for invention, and desire to improve upon existing machines and devices, led him to turn … Continue reading HIRAM MAXIM


Storey’s Gate Tavern once stood where IMechE’s London Headquarters now stands. It is home to the only known portrait of a remarkable engineer, Joseph Bramah. It is fitting that this is its location, as it is thanks to Bramah and his patented beer pump that customers can today enjoy a fresh drink from the beer tap! Bramah was born in Stainborough, Yorkshire, 13 April 1748 … Continue reading JOSEPH BRAMAH