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Below you will find a list of four of the most succesful and important personnel within the Doxford Engine history. These members of staff include Dr Rudolph Diesel, Hugo Junkers, Karl Otto Keller, William H Purdie, Percy Jackson and Cyril Thompson.

Dr Rudolph Christian Karl Diesel (1858 1913) - inventor of the first Diesel engine in 1893 who disappeared in 1913. Diesel did not agree with the politics of Germany and was reluctant to see his engine used by their naval fleet. With his political support directed towards France and Britain, he was on his way to England to arrange for them to use his engine when he inexplicably disappeared over the side of the ship in the English Channel.

Hugo Junkers (1857-1935) Better known for his aircraft engines, but also known for his connection and contribution with the development of the Doxford-Junkers Diesel Engine 1920-1926.

Karl Otto Keller (1877-1942) - Due to his inventive genius of internal combustion engineering a single-cylinder piston Doxford oil oil engine was successfully developed and was later installed in the motor ship “Yngaren” (1921) and other cargo vessels.

William Hamilton Purdie (1888-1971) - was always striving to produce a lighter, shorter, more efficient and of course a cheaper engine. An account of his contribution to engineering, and in particular to marine engineering, would fill a lengthy volume, but his life and work can be summed up by saying that he was indeed one of the industry's great gentlemen.

Percy Jackson (1897-1984) - known by reputation to a world wide circle of oil engine specialists. His writings and contributions to numerous technical societies with a very large aggregate membership are appreciated wherever oil engine matters are considered and discussed.

Cyril Thompson (1907-1967) Managing Director of J. L. Thompson's Shipbuilders. In 1940 he headed a mission to the U.S.A. for the building of 60 Empire ships. After they were built he returned to the U.K. while the U.S. went on to build some 2170 over the next five years which were to be known as LIBERTY ships.


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