Engineer of the Week No. 4
Today we remember a metallurgist:
Miss E.F. Bull BSc (Mrs Dunlop)
Miss Bull had her first taste of engineering whilst working at the Galloway Engineering Company in Tongland, in the south of Scotland during, or possibly just after, the First World War. This was the factory set up in1916 by Thomas Pullinger (Dorothee Pullinger's father) as an experiment in training women as engineers whilst they also did munitions manufacturing work. She went to the Glasgow Technical College in the early 1920s and by 1926 had obtained a BSc in metallurgy. This would have been ideal for her work in her father’s family firm Bull’s Metal and Melloid Company in Yoker, Glasgow. The firm made propellor and other castings from bronze, their own ‘Bull's metal’, melloid and other malleable bronze alloys. She married in about 1926 and we do not know if she continued to work for her father afterwards. The firm was still in business in the 1950 but by then had changed hands.
Engineer of the Week No. 3
Happy 125th Birthday, Dorothée!
PULLINGER, Dorothée Aurélie Marianne m. Edward Marshall Martin, MBE, born Calais, France13 January 1894, died London 11 January 1986.
Aero and automobile engineer and entrepreneur. Daughter, eldest of the 12 children of Aurélie Bérénice Sitwell and Thomas Charles Pullinger. Her father was a car designer who worked for several automobile manufacturers: Sunbeam, Humber and, finally, Arrol Johnston's at Paisley. Dorothée attended Loughborough Girls Grammar School, then joined her father, at the Arrol Johnston to train in the drawing office and foundry, and converted German designs from metric to imperial measurements for UK use.
Engineer of the Week No 2.
Happy 155th birthday to
Lady Margaret Bruce Moir OBE [née Pennycook] (10th January 1864 – 5th October 1942)
Margaret Pennycook, later Lady Moir, was born to John and Margaret Pennycook of South Queensferry, Scotland in 1864. Her father was a quarry manager, so perhaps this was how Margaret met her future husband, Ernest Moir, when he was working as a civil engineer on the south cantilever of the Forth Bridge. We know nothing of her early education but her marriage gave her privileged access not only to the construction site of this bridge but many other major civil engineering works on which her husband worked. She would joke self-deprecatingly, that she was an “Engineer-by-marriage” but, during the Great War, she trained as a lathe operator and was employed in this role for more than eighteen months.
Engineer of the Week, No.1.
In the first of the amazing women we will be comemorating during the WES Centenary Year, here is "Our Amy", who was lost on this day in 1941.
Amy Johnson CBE, BA, ARAeSoc, HonFSE (Mrs J. A. Mollison) (1 July 1903 – 5 January 1941)