Papers of David Macleish Smith, 1900-1986, consulting mechanical engineer, England

Scope and Content

  • Doctoral thesis, 1932;
  • Technical notes, 1932-80;
  • Published works, 1925-1980;
  • Manuscript works, 1963-1977;
  • Slides, 1977;
  • Papers relating to Ardblair Stone Circle, 1978;
  • Letters of condolence, 1986.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Macleish Smith was born in Elgin, Scotland, in  1900 . He was educated at Blairgowrie High School and the  University of Glasgow, Scotland, graduating in 1920 with a BSc (Engineering). He also received, from the University of Glasgow, a DSc in  1932  for his thesis On the motion of a rotor carried by a flexible shaft in flexible bearings, and an honorary LLD in 1967. During the 1914-1918 World War, David Smith served as a private in the Gordon Highlanders, returning to his studies at Glasgow University when he was demobbed in 1919. His working career began in 1920 when he went to Manchester, England as an apprentice to Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Company Ltd. He stayed with the company, which was later known as Associated Electrical Industries Ltd, until he retired in  1966 . At Metropolitan Vickers, he carried out pioneering work in the development of the first British axial flow jet engine for aircraft. He became a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE) in 1938 and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) in 1949. He was awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Aeronautical Society and was a founder Fellow of the Fellowship of Engineering. His publications included Journal Bearings in Turbomachinery, 1969 and various technical papers. David Smith died on 3 August 1986 .


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Deposit: Joyce Kendrick, Altrincham, Cheshire: 1987: ACCN 990; Deposit: Moira Kendrick, Altrincham, Cheshire: 1990: ACCN 1141

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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

Fonds level compiled by Janice Miller, Archive Assistant, 04 June 2003. Lower levels converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michael Beesley, Archive Assistant, July 2013.