Issue 3 Summer 2004

Society of Oxford University Engineers

Welcome to the third issue of SOUE News

We have decided that the best time for SOUE News to come out is about now, when the academic year is over, and it can share an envelope with the announcement of Jenkin Day. Issue 1 came out in December, so we have slipped about nine months. Therefore, to catch up, several reports in this issue cover two years.

In our last editorial we asked people to write about things of interest, "not necessarily bang-up-to-date. If you were involved in something rather fascinating back in 1940, why not write about it now, while you still can!" Brigadier Douglas Henchley has gone one better than that, and written about the engineering school in the early 1930s, when he was an undergraduate. As you will read, he was one of the nine men taking schools in 1933. He went on to become one of the founder members of REME, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, in 1942 at the height of World War 2.

Colin Snowdon has written an account of the first ten years of chemical engineering at Oxford, and there are obituaries of three former members of the academic staff. And David Witt describes a long series of final-year undergraduate projects on pedal-driven boats.

Although getting articles from people in the Department is comparatively straightforward, the overwhelming majority of our members are outside it and should perhaps be contributing at least half the articles! Please send them to SOUE at the address below, or via e-mail to

Simon Turner (Lincoln 1987), David Witt (Magdalen 1959)

In This Issue

Society of Oxford University Engineers
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford
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