RAF 100

1918 is a key date in the history of aviation, one could almost say it’s when professional aviation was born. It was of course, the birthday of the Royal Air Force (RAF). 100 years later IMechE Headquarters was privileged to be on the flight path for the celebratory fly-past on 10th June, and close to an exhibition of planes at Horse Guards. The formation of … Continue reading RAF 100

WWI engineering workshop


International Women in Engineering Day is a global celebration of women past, present and future. As was the case in many professions, female pioneers in mechanical engineering had to work hard to break into a male dominated profession. The issue of women members was first raised in the Institution of Automobile Engineers (IAE) in May 1907. Miss Cleone de Heveningham Benest (1880-1963) wrote to find out … Continue reading CELEBRATING WOMEN

Viaduct across the Sankey


George Stephenson is rightly known as a great engineer. He is primarily associated with railways but he was active in other areas – there were lively debates, encompassing supporter’s gatherings, witness statements and letters, discussing whether he or Humphrey Davy invented the safety lamp. Here at IMechE, we hold a large collection of Stephenson material, both for George and Robert, and their companies – including … Continue reading STEPHENSON ONLINE

Macaulay's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. Maxwell Stanley Macaulay: 7th May Graduate 1907; Associate Member 1913. Irrigation Engineer, Zifta Circle of Irrigation, Egypt. Second Lieutenant, BA, Lothians and Border Horse. Died in Palestine. 1918 Obituary  Lieut. MAXWELL STANLEY MACAULAY, Lothians and Border Horse, was born at Strathpeffer, Scotland, on 4th July 1887, and was educated at Daniel Stewart’s … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Andrews' membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. George Leonard Andrews: 3rd May Associate Member 1909; Member 1911. Chief Engineer, Para Electric Railways & Lighting Co, Brazil. Captain, Royal Garrison Artillery, 76th Siege Battery. 1919 Obituary  Captain GEORGE LEONARD ANDREWS, R.G. A., was born in Calcutta on 12th November 1874. He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and at the … Continue reading ON THIS DAY


On the 21st June 1945 Sir Frank Whittle made the first public presentation of the jet engine in the lecture theatre at the Institutional of Mechanical Engineers. Interactive timeline on the invention & development of the jet engine available online now!   Frank Whittle was a 21 year old cadet at RAF College Cranwell when he wrote his revolutionary thesis ‘Future Developments in Aircraft Design’. In … Continue reading BIRTH OF THE JET AGE


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

Armstrong's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. William Kingo Armstrong: 11th April Graduate 1913. Student, Municipal School of Technology Manchester. Captain, South Lancashire Regiment, 4th Battalion. Killed in action. 1918 Obituary  Captain WILLIAM KINGO ARMSTRONG, S. Lancashire Regiment, was born at Eccles, Manchester, on 22nd November 1891. He received his early education at St. Anne’s-on-Sea, afterwards entering the Manchester … Continue reading ON THIS DAY