11th December 2002




The man who helped develop gas turbines and laid the foundations for what is today Lincoln’s biggest industrial employer will be honoured by the University of Lincoln next month.


Dr Bob Feilden CBE worked with Frank Whittle at Power Jets Ltd on the building of the first aircraft gas turbines and their testing in the UK’s first jet aeroplanes.


In 1946 he joined Ruston and Hornsby Ltd in Lincoln to build the UK’s first and most successful industrial gas turbines.


He went on to become managing director of Hawker Siddeley Brush Turbines Ltd, group technical director of Davy Ashmore Ltd and director general of the British Standards Institution, retiring from that position in 1979.


He will be presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Lincoln at a postgraduate awards ceremony on Wednesday 22nd January.


The ceremony will take place at 11.30am at Lincoln Cathedral, where around 200 postgraduate students will also receive their awards.


“Dr Feilden played a crucial role in the development of Alstom Power and was instrumental in the development of the gas turbine for use in aircraft propulsion and industrial production,” said a university spokesman..


“The university has strong links with Alstom Power, who were strong supporters of the project to create a university in Lincoln in the 1990s. Our atrium in the main academic building is named after the company and Alstom’s former managing director, Kelvin Bray CBE, is chairman of our Board of Governors.


“For these reasons we are delighted to be able to honour Dr Feilden, an engineer of high repute whose work has benefited the city of Lincoln in innumerable ways.”


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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

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