Norman Adrian de Bruyne: My Seventy-Five Years

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a typescript of Norman de Bruyne's unpublished autobiography, 'My seventy-five years'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Norman Adrian de Bruyne (1904-1997), inventor, and engineering entrepreneur, was born in Punta Arenas, Chile. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1923 to study natural sciences, and proceeded to Ph.D. research, studying field emission, and working at the Cavendish Laboratory. In 1931 he established the Cambridge Aeroplane Construction Company, which became Aero Research Ltd in 1934. De Bruyne's work with the company led to advances in the design and construction of aircraft. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1967.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Dr Elizabeth Garnsey, Management Studies Group, Department of Engineering, 1991.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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