Biography of Douglas Faulkner
Douglas Faulkner (1929-2011) was John Elder Professor of Naval Architecture at the University from 1973 to 1995.
Born in Gibraltar, Faulkner worked as a dockyard apprentice and then went to the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, gaining the professional certificate of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors in 1954. He went to sea and then to HM Dockyard at Devonport, before becoming Constructor at the Naval Construction Research Establishment in Dunfermline.
In 1963 he returned to Greenwich as Assistant Professor of Naval Architecture, and he was Structural Adviser to the Ship Department at Bath from 1966 to 1968 and then Constructor Commander attached to the British Embassy in Washington DC from 1969 to 1970. He returned to the Ship Department at Bath and was structural adviser to the Merrison Box Girder Bridge Committee from 1971 until his appointment to the John Elder Chair.
Faulkner was the British representative on the Standing Committee of the International Ship Structures Congress from 1973 to 1985 and became an authority on submarine structural design problems. He has been a consulting structural engineer and naval architect, specialising in ship casualty investigations, since 1995.
The University awarded him an Honorary BSc in 1973. Douglas Faulkner died on the 13th February 2011, aged 81. An obituary was published in the Guardian and Herald newspapers.
Naval Architect and Structural Engineer
Born 29 December 1929, Gibraltar.
Died 13 February 2011.
University Link: Honorary Graduate, Professor
GU Degree: BSc, 1973; Science and Engineering,
Occupation categories: engineers; naval architects
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Record last updated: 11th Apr 2013