Papers of Professor William John Goudie, 1868-1945, James Watt Chair of Mechanical Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

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  • First class certificate in the elementary stage of steam awarded by the committee of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council on Education, Science and Art Department, London, 1886;
  • First class certificate in elementary stage of Theoretical Mechanics awarded as above, 1888;
  • Certificate in singing awarded by the Glasgow Athenaeum School of Music, 1891;
  • Certificate of proficiency in Engineering Science awarded by University of Glasgow, 1895;
  • Licence to practise as a Brigand awarded by the Most Excellent Respectable Learned Temperate Assiduous and Ancient Society of Brigands, 1918;
  • Associate Membership certificate of the Institution of Civil Engineers, 1919;
  • DSc degree scroll awarded by University of Glasgow, 1919;
  • Membership certificate of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1931;
  • PhD degree scroll awarded by University of Glasgow.

Administrative / Biographical History

William John Goudie was born on 6 November 1868  in Girvan, South Ayrshire. His father was a grocer. He was educated at Girvan Parish School and Kilmarnock Academy, East Ayrshire. He went on to study at the University of Glasgow . He graduated BSc 1895  , DSc 1919  , and LLD 1939  . Whilst at the University of Glasgow he became involved in the University Orchestral Society. He trained as a mechanical engineer in the works of the Glasgow & South Western Railway Co , Kilmarnock. In 1884  he gained experience in a marine consulting engineer's service. In 1907  he became an assistant professor at University College London , England. In 1919  he was appointed as the professor of Theory and Practice of Heat Engines (James Watt Chair) for the University of Glasgow; the title was later changed to the James Watt Chair of Mechanical Engineering. He held this post until 1938  . His publications include: Steam Turbines (1922), and various papers in the technical press. He died on the 4 October 1945  .

Source: Who's Who , (1929, London)


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Collection catalogued by Hannah Westall, Archives Assistant, 17 May 2000, and members of Glasgow University Archive Service Staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 05 February 2004. Catalogue edited by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 12 July 2012.

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