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David McMurtry

Name  David McMurtry

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Sir David Roberts McMurtry, CBE FRS FREng (born March 1940) is a British billionaire, the co-founder of Renishaw plc, the United Kingdom's largest supplier of metrology equipment.

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Early life

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David Roberts McMurtry was born in March 1940, in Clontarf, Ireland. He was brought up in Dublin and educated at Mountjoy School in Dublin.

Career

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McMurtry joined Bristol Aero Engines as an apprentice in 1958. In 1966, following an acquisition, he found himself employed by Rolls-Royce plc where he became Deputy Chief Designer and Assistant Chief of Engine Design at Filton. In 1973, while working on Concorde's engines, he designed his first trigger probe.

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In 1979 McMurtry joined his former colleague John Deer to set up Renishaw plc. In 1987 he acquired the patents for his trigger probes from Rolls-Royce plc and began to exploit the patents himself.

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In 1989 he became a Royal Designer for Industry.

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He was awarded the CBE in 1994 and was knighted in the 2001 New Year Honours.

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McMurty received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1998.

In 2001, McMurtry was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2008 the University of Bath awarded him an honorary doctorate. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. McMurtry won the Institute of Physics Swan Medal and Prize in 2012.

Personal life

McMurty is married to Teresa and has two sons and a daughter. He lives in Wotton-under-Edge, England.

In 2001, McMurtry started work on a futuristic building known as Swinhay House. The "€36m futuristic eco-house" appeared in the finale of the BBC television series Sherlock.

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References

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