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A Pioneer of the Oil Engine

Nature volume 145, page 97 (20 January 1940) | Download Citation



As long as there are oil engines, there will be discussions as to the relative merits of the work of Herbert Akroyd Stuart in Great Britain and of Rudolph Diesel in Germany. Designers of engines to-day utilize the ideas of both, but whereas the name of Diesel has become a household word, that of Stuart is known only among engineers. It was said at the time Stuart died that he "belonged to that rather tragic fraternity of inventors whose achievements have not secured from the world at large the recognition they merited". That his work is fully appreciated in engineering circles was shown by the Diesel Engine Users' Association, which on January 11 held a luncheon at the Connaught Rooms, London, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his most important patents.

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