8th September 2005




The Lincoln businessman who was instrumental in setting up the city’s university will next week receive an honorary doctorate and be given the Freedom of the City – all in the space of two days!


Kelvin Bray CBE, who generated billions of pounds worth of sales during his 43 years spent working for Lincoln’s engineering firms, will be at Lincoln Cathedral at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th September to receive his latest award: an honorary Doctorate of Science.


The honorary award will come just 24 hours after a special city council meeting to confer on Mr Bray the Freedom of the City of Lincoln.


Mr Bray was appointed the first Chairman of the Board of Governors of the newly named University of Lincoln in 2001. He is now Deputy Chairman of the Board.


His career in engineering has spanned almost 50 years. A graduate of King’s College, Cambridge, he joined Ruston & Hornsby in Lincoln in 1956 as an apprentice. By the time the company was acquired by English Electric in 1967 to form Ruston Gas Turbines, he was Managing Director.


One of Kelvin Bray’s many major achievements was the development of the gas turbine business from a £500,000 concern to a £145 million giant between 1965 and 1987.


Mr Bray has also served as a governor at Yarborough School and Bishop Grosseteste College.


He holds a total of 12 Queen’s Awards for Exports, Technology and the Environment and has also been awarded an OBE (1982) and made a CBE (1990).



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