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Presidents

Our Presidents are drawn from across the spectrum mechanical engineering: representing the expertise and skills of the discipline. Presidential terms are now annual. For a portrait of each of our Presidents scroll through the image gallery, arranged by date (1847 onwards). For their biographies and portrait click on their name in the list.

Past Presidents include George Stephenson (our first President and 'Father of the Railways'), William Armstrong (whose house, Cragside, was the first in the world to use hydroelectricity), Arthur Hartley (who helped develop the Pluto Pipeline to supply the Allies during World War II), Bernard Crossland (carried out the Kings Cross fire investigation) and Pamela Liversidge (our first female president, 1997).

George Stephenson 1847-1848 Robert Stephenson 1849-1853 Sir William Fairbairn 1854-1855 Sir Joseph Whitworth 1866 John Penn 1858-1859 James Kennedy 1860 Lord William Armstrong 1861-1862 Robert Napier 1863-1865 Sir Joseph Whitworth 1856-1857 John Penn 1867-1868 Lord William Armstrong 1869 John Ramsbottom 1870-1871 Sir Charles William Siemens 1872-1873 Sir Frederick J Bramwell 1874-1875 Thomas Hawksley 1876-1877 John Robinson 1878-1879 Edward A Cowper 1880-1881 Percy G B Westmacott 1882-1883 Sir Lowthian Bell 1884 Jeremiah Head 1885-1886 Sir Edward Carbutt 1887-1888 Charles Cochrane 1889 Joseph Tomlinson 1890-1891 Sir William Anderson 1892-1893 Sir Alexander B W Kennedy 1894-1895 Edward Windsor Richards 1896-1897 Samuel Waite Johnson 1898 Sir William H White 1899-1900 William H Maw 1901-1902 Joseph Hartley Wicksteed 1903-1904 Edward P Martin 1905-1906 Tom Hurry Riches 1907-1908 Sir John A F Aspinall 1909-1910 Edward B Ellington 1911-1912 Sir Hay Frederick Donaldson 1913-1914 Cawthrone Unwin 1915-1916 Michael Longridge 1917-1918 Edward Hopkinson 1919 Captain Matthew Henry Phineas Riall Sankey 1920-1921 Henry Selby Hele-Shaw 1922 Sir John Dewrance 1923 William H Patchell 1924 Sir Vincent L Raven 1925 Sir William Reavell 1926 Sir Henry Fowler 1927 Sir Richard W Allen 1928 Daniel Adamson 1929 Loughan St L Pendred 1930 Lt. Colonel Edwin Kitson Clark 1931 William Taylor 1932 Alan Ernest Leofric Chorlton CBE 1933 Charles Day 1934 Major General Alexander Elliot Davidson 1935 Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley CBE 1936 Sir John E Thornycroft 1937 David E Roberts 1938 Edmund Bruce Ball 1939 Asa Binns 1940 Sir William Stanier 1941 Colonel S J Thompson 1942 Professor Frederick Charles Lea 1943 Sir Harry R Ricardo 1944 Professor  Andrew Robertson 1945 Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid 1946 Lord Dudley Gordon 1947 Major William Gregson 1948 Dr Herbert John Gough 1949 Dr Stanley Fabes Dorey 1950 Arthur Clifford Hartley 1951 Sir David Pye 1952 Alfred Roebuck 1953 Richard William Bailey 1954 Percy L Jones 1955 Thomas Arkle Crowe 1956 Air Marshal Sir Robert Owen Jones 1958 Herbert Desmond Carter 1959 Professor Owen A Saunders 1960 Sir Kenneth F Hague 1961 John Hereward Pitchford 1962 Roland Curling Bond 1963 Vice-Admiral Sir Frank Mason 1964 Harold Norman Gwynne Allen 1965 Lord Charles Hinton 1966 Hugh Graham Conway 1967 Sir Arnold Lindley 1968 Dr Donald Frederick Galloway 1969 Professor John Lamb Murray Morrison 1970 Sir Robert Lang Lickley 1971 Baron Donald Gresham Stokes 1972 Sir John William Atwell 1973 Sir St John Elstub 1974 Bryan Hildrew 1980 Dr Waheeb Rizk 1984 Ewen M'Ewen 1976 Francis David Penny 1981 George F W Adler 1983 James Gordon Dawson 1979 Paul Thomas Fletcher 1975 Sir Diarmuid Downs 1978 Sir Hugh Ford 1977 Sir Philip Foreman 1985 Victor John (Vaino Juhani) Osola 1982 Sir Bernard Crossland 1986 Oscar Roith 1987 Cecil Charles John French 1988 Roy Ernest James Roberts 1989 Michael J Neale 1990 Tom D Pattern 1991 Duncan Dowson 1992 Anthony Albert Denton 1993 Brian Hamilton Kent 1994 Frank Christopher Price 1995 Robert William Ernest Shannon 1996 Pamela Liversidge 1997 John Spence 1998 James McKnight 1999 Denis E Filer 2000 Tony Roche 2001 John McDougall 2002 Professor Christopher Taylor 2003 William Edgar 2004 Andrew Ives 2005 Alec Osborn 2006 John Baxter 2007 Bill Banks 2008 Keith Millard 2009 John Wood 2009 Professor Rod Smith 2011 Professor Isobel Pollock 2012 Patrick Kniveton 2013
  • 1847-1848: George Stephenson

  • 1849-1853: Robert Stephenson

  • 1854-1855: Sir William Fairbairn

  • 1856-1857: Joseph Whitworth

  • 1858-1859: John Penn

  • 1860: James Kennedy

  • 1861-1862: Lord William Armstrong

  • 1863-1865: Robert Napier

  • 1866: Joseph Whitworth

  • 1867-1868: John Penn

  • 1869: Lord William Armstrong

  • 1870-1871: John Ramsbottom

  • 1872-1873: Sir Charles William Siemens

  • 1874-1875: Sir Frederick J Bramwell

  • 1876-1877: Thomas Hawksley

  • 1878-1879: John Robinson

  • 1880-1881: Edward A Cowper

  • 1882-1883: Percy G B Westmacott

  • 1884: Sir Lowthian Bell

  • 1885-1886: Jeremiah Head

  • 1887-1888: Sir Edward Carbutt

  • 1889: Charles Cochrane

  • 1890-1891: Joseph Tomlinson

  • 1892-1893: Sir William Anderson

  • 1894-1895: Sir Alexander B W Kennedy

  • 1896-1897: Edward Windsor Richards

  • 1898: Samuel Waite Johnson

  • 1899-1900: Sir William H White

  • 1901-1902: William Henry Maw

  • 1903-1904: Joseph Hartley Wicksteed

  • 1905-1906: Edward Pritchard Martin

  • 1907-1908: Tom Hurry Riches

  • 1909-1910: Sir John Audley Frederick Aspinall

  • 1911-1912: Edward Bayzand Ellington

  • 1913-1914: Sir Hay Frederick Donaldson

  • 1915-1916: Professor William Cawthorne Unwin

  • 1917-1918: Michael Longridge

  • 1919: Edward Hopkinson

  • 1920-1921: Captain Matthew Henry Phineas Riall Sankey

  • 1922: Henry Selby Hele-Shaw

  • 1923: Sir John Dewrance

  • 1924: William Henry Patchell

  • 1925: Sir Vincent Litchfield Raven

  • 1926: Sir William Reavell

  • 1927: Sir Henry Fowler

  • 1928: Sir Richard William Allen

  • 1929: Daniel Adamson

  • 1930: Loughnan St. Lawrence Pendred

  • 1931: Lt. Colonel Edwin Kitson Clark

  • 1932: William Taylor

  • 1933: Alan Ernest Leofric Chorlton CBE

  • 1934: Charles Day

  • 1935: Major General Alexander Elliot Davidson

  • 1936: Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley CBE

  • 1937: Sir John Edward Thornycroft

  • 1938: David Evan Roberts

  • 1939: Edmund Bruce Ball

  • 1940: Asa Binns

  • 1941: Sir William Arthur Stanier

  • 1942: Colonel S J Thompson

  • 1943: Frederick Charles Lea

  • 1944: Sir Harry Ricardo

  • 1945: Professor Andrew Robertson

  • 1946: Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid

  • 1947: Lord Aberdeen, Dudley Gladstone Gordon

  • 1948: Major William Gregson

  • 1949: Dr. Herbert John Gough

  • 1950: Dr. Stanley Fabes Dorey

  • 1951: Arthur Clifford Hartley

  • 1952: Sir David Randall Pye

  • 1953: Alfred Roebuck

  • 1954: Richard William Bailey

  • 1955: Percy L Jones

  • 1956: Thomas Arkle Crowe

  • 1957: George Horatio Nelson, First Baron Nelson of Stafford

  • 1958: Air Marshal Sir Robert Owen Jones

  • 1959: Herbert Desmond Carter

  • 1960: Professor Owen Alfred Saunders

  • 1961: Sir Kenneth F Hague

  • 1962: John Hereward Pitchford

  • 1963: Roland Curling Bond

  • 1964: Vice-Admiral Sir Frank Trowbridge Mason

  • 1965: Harold Norman Gwynne Allen

  • 1966: Lord Christopher Hinton

  • 1967: Hugh Graham Conway

  • 1968: Sir Arnold Lindley

  • 1969: Dr Donald Frederick Galloway

  • 1970: Professor John Lamb Murray Morrison

  • 1971: Sir Robert Lang Lickley

  • 1972: Baron Donald Gresham Stokes

  • 1973: Sir John William Atwell

  • 1974: Sir St John de Holt Elstub

  • 1975: Paul Thomas Fletcher

  • 1976: Ewen M'Ewen

  • 1977: Professor Sir Hugh Ford

  • 1978: Sir Diarmuid Downs

  • 1979: James Gordon Dawson

  • 1980: Bryan Hildrew

  • 1981: Francis David Penny

  • 1982: Victor John Osola

  • 1984: George FW Adler

  • 1985: Sir Philip Foreman

  • 1986: Sir Bernard Crossland

  • 1987: Oscar Roith

  • 1988: Cecil Charles John French

  • 1989: Roy Ernest James Roberts

  • 1990: Michael J Neale

  • 1991: Professor Tom D Patten

  • 1992: Professor Duncan Dowson

  • 1993: Dr Anthony Albert Denton

  • 1994: Brian Hamilton Kent

  • 1995: Frank Christopher Price

  • 1996: Professor Robert William Ernest Shannon

  • 1997: Pamela Liversidge

  • 1998: John Spence

  • 1999: James McKnight

  • 2000: Denis Edwin Filer

  • 2001: Tony Roche

  • 2002: John McDougall

  • 2003: Professor Christopher Taylor

  • 2004: William Edgar

  • 2005: Andrew Ives

  • 2006: Alec Osborn

  • 2007: John Baxter

  • 2008: Professor Bill Banks

  • 2009: Keith Millard

  • 2010: John Wood

  • 2011: Professor Rod Smith

  • 2012: Professor Isobel Pollock

  • 2013: Patrick Kniveton

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