Timeline of Lord Kings Norton

"Roxbee was revered and acknowledged by all that knew him as 'One of the nicest of men one could ever hope to encounter'. He inspired devotion, not only for his intellectual qualities but also for his kindliness, his courtesy and his integrity, all delightfully interlaced with erudition and wit"

Taken from Sir. Peter Masefield's address at the Service of thanksgiving, St. Margaret's, Westminster.

 

Education and career

1902 Born Harold Roxbee Cox on 6th June at Handsworth
1906 - 1917 Educated at Saxonhurst School and then Kings Norton Grammar School
1918 - 1922 Aircraft Design Department of the Austin Motor Company at Longbridge
1921 - 1922 External BSc from London University (1st class honours)
1922 - 1924 PhD and D.I.C gained from Imperial College, London
1924 Summer vacation spent at the National Physical Laboratory
1924 - 1929 Royal Airship Works, Cardington
1927 Marriage to Marjorie Withers (d 1980)
1929-1931 Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough
1931 Chief Technical Officer, Royal Airship Works, Cardington
1931 - 1935 Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough
1932 - 1936 Lecturer in Aircraft Structures, Imperial College
1935 - 1936 Principal Scientific Officer, Aerodynamics Department, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough
1936 - 1938 Head of Air Defence Department, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough
1938 - 1939 Chief Technical Officer, Air Registration Board
1939 - 1940 Superintendent of Scientific Research, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough
1940 - 1943 Deputy Director of Scientific Research, Ministry of Aircraft Production
1941 - 1944 Chairman, Gas Turbine Collaboration Committee
1943 - 1944 Director of Special Projects, Ministry of Aircraft Production
1944 - 1946 Chairman and Managing Director, Power Jets (Research and Development) Ltd
1944 - 1948 Member, Aeronautical Research Council
1946 - 1948 Director, National Gas Turbine Establishment
1946 - 1948 Director, Gas Turbine Collaboration Committee
1947 - 1949 President, Royal Aeronautical Society
1948 - 1954 Chief Scientist, Ministry of Fuel and Power
1953 - ? Vice-chairman of the governing body of the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield
1958 - 1960 Member, Aeronautical Research Council
1961 - 1965 Chairman, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
1961 - 1967 Chairman, Metal Box Co. (Director, 1957-1967, Deputy Chairman, 1959-1960)
1961 - 1994 President, Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association
1964 - 1971 Chairman, Council for National Academic Awards
1965 - 1977 Director, Ricardo and Co. (Engrs) 1927 Ltd.
1965 - 1969 Chairman of the governing body of the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield
1966 - 1972 Chairman, Air Registration Board
1967 - 1975 Chairman, Berger Jenson and Nicholson Ltd
1968 - 1975 Director, Dowty Rotol
1969 - 1976 President, Royal Institution
1969 - 1997 Chancellor, Cranfield Institute of Technology (Cranfield University since 1993)
1970 - 1975 Director, Hoechst UK
1974 - 1981 Chairman, Applied Photophysics
1976 - 1981 Chairman, Withers Estates
1975 - 1997 Chairman, Landspeed Ltd
1978 - 1997 Chairman, Cotswold Research Ltd
1980 - 1997 President, British Balloon Museum and Library
1982 Marriage to Joan Pack
1997 Passed away on 21st December
1998 Service of thanksgiving, St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, London


Awards and honours

1928 R38 Memorial Prize for Advances in Airship Design (Royal Aeronautical Society)
1934 Busk Memorial Prize
1940 Wilbur Wright Lecturer
1945 Wright Brothers Lecturer (USA)
1946 Membre Correspondant, Faculte Polytechnique de Mons
1946 Bronze Medal, University of Louvain
1947 Medal of Freedom with Silver Palm, USA
1951 Hawksley Lecturer
1952 James Clayton Prize
1953 Received Knighthood
1954 Thornton Lecturer
1954 Hon DSc, Birmingham
1955 Parsons Memorial Lecturer
1960 Fellow of Imperial College of Science and Technology
1965 Life peerage - created Baron Kings Norton of Wotton Underwood
1966 Hon DTech, Brunel
1969 Handley Page Memorial Lecturer
1969 Hon LLD CNAA
1970 Hon DSc, Cranfield Institute of Technology
1976 FCGI
1986 Hon DSc, Warwick
1987 Freeman, City of London
1987 Liveryman, GAPAN
1992 Hon FIFST
 
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