Biography of Francis Elgar
Francis Elgar (1845-1909) was the first Professor of Naval Architecture at the University, from 1883 until 1886. He was awarded an LLD in 1885.
Born in Portsmouth, Elgar was educated at the Royal School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and worked for the Admiralty as a naval architect before becoming a consultant in 1881. He resigned the Chair at the University in 1886 to become Director of the Admiralty Dockyards and in 1892 he was appointed Naval Architect and a Director of the Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. He was made Chairman of the company and of Cammell Laird in 1907.