Papers of Herbert Saravanamuttoo, b 1933, mechanical engineering graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

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17 student notebooks, 1951-1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert ('Herb') Ian Howard Saravanamuttoo was born in Scotland on 20 June 1933, and was educated at Allan Glen's School, in Glasgow. He came to study at the University of Glasgow in 1951, ( following in his father's footsteps from twenty years earlier) where he graduated in 1955 with a BSc (First Class Hons in Mechanical Engineering). In his first year (1951-1952) he studied Mathematics, Chemistry, Natural Philosophy, and Eng. Drawing. In his second year (1952-1953) he studied Higher Mathematics, General Engineering I, Eng. Drawing II. In third year (1953-1954) he took Higher and Advanced Mathematics, Eng. Production, and Naval Architecture, while in his final year (1954-1955) he studied Heat Engines III, App Mechanics III, Mech. Design, and Eng. Production. He gained a first class certificate in Engineering Design I in 1953/54 and a first class certificate in Engineering Production the following year.

His first job in the gas turbine field was in 1953, while a student in Scotland, testing turbo starters at the British Thomson-Houston factory in Rugby, Warwickshire, where the Whittle engine was developed. In 1955, he emigrated to Canada and joined Orenda Engines Ltd. (Malton, Ontario), where he worked until 1964. During this period, he did pioneering work in simulation of engine dynamics.

In 1964, he joined the University of Bristol, England, as a lecturer and worked as a consultant to Bristol Siddeley on the Olympus 593, British Aircraft Corporation on the Concorde and Rolls Royce on the RB 211. His doctorate from Bristol University was obtained in 1968. In 1970, he joined the faculty at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where he contributed for the next 28 years, including 10 years as chairman of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

A long-term supporter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI), Herbert Saravanamuttoo has been an ASME member since 1959 and a Fellow since 1988. He has served on the Education and Pipelines committees since 1975 and 1980, respectively; and has participated in IGTI conferences for four decades. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, and the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. In 2004 he received the ASME 'R Tom Sawyer Award' in recognition of his outstanding contribution to gas turbine theory over the last fifty years. He holds the position of Distinguished Research Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.


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Gift: Herbert Saravanamuttoo : August 2006 : ACCN 2970

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With Dr Saravanamuttoo before deposit at GUAS


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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by Elva McLean, Volunteer, 29 November 2006. Lower level description compiled by Elva McLean, Volunteer, 29 November 2006

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