Papers of Phillip K. Saunders

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  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 552
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 volume, 166 pp., 11 photographs

Scope and Content

Unpublished autobiography, c1945-1960s.

Administrative / Biographical History

These details are taken from Saunders' unpublished autobiography

Phillip K. Saunders (b c1899) saw service at the beginning of World War One as a naval cadet and later engineer. After the war he was sent by his family to Brazil, where he worked and travelled widely. In c1932 he moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked initially as an engineering draftsman for a company manufacturing explosives for the Johannesburg and Kimberley mines. Again, he travelled widely as well as working in the mines at Witwatersrand and inventing a pick-cock for reducing air flow. He founded a company to market his invention, returned to London and set up as a consulting engineer. He later travelled across Canada and attempted to make a success of his invention through contacts in Chicago. He eventually built up a world-wide business, though this suffered financially in the 1940s. By 1943 he was stationed in New York working for the Navy, installing anti-submarine devices on merchant vessels, eventually patenting and manufacturing his own design.

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