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Rolls-Royce: Past, Present and Future - sustaining the traditions of Sir Henry Royce

Philip Ruffles CBE, FRS, FREng, RDI

Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture, 3 May 2012, London, Savoy Place

03 May 2012  Transport channel

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About the presentation

The lecture reviews the work of Sir Henry Royce in electrical machines, motor cars and aero engines prior to and after the formation of Rolls-Royce in 1904. His brilliance as an engineer and his attention to detail earned the company the reputation of building the best motor cars in the world. His legacy for the pursuit of excellence in engineering has been a hallmark of the company ever since.
The lecture goes on to cover the launch of the RB211 engine for the Lockheed Tristar and its subsequent development including the very successful Trent engine family that power the wide body airliners in production and under development. The adaptation of aero engines for Naval Propulsion and Power Generation is discussed together with a view of the future of Propulsion and Power systems and the contribution that will be made by electrical technologies.
The Henry Royce Memorial Lecture is supported by the Design and Production and Transport sectors.

About the speaker

Phil Ruffles became a Rolls Royce plc Graduate Apprentice in 1961. Between 1997 and 2001 he was Director of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Main Board. Formerly a member of the Council for Science and Technology, the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Council of the Royal Society, he is presently a Non Executive Director of Domino Printing Sciences plc and an Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick.
Professor Ruffles’ exceptional Trent engine achievements have been widely acclaimed. National and international recognition includes numerous honorary degrees, the prestigious MacRobert Prize and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Prince Philip Medal. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001 for his services to the Defence and Aerospace Industries.

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