Schemes for Professional Engineers
Sir Henry Royce Bursary
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Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863–1933)
The son of a miller,
Royce’s engineering career began in 1877
when he became apprenticed to the Great
Northern Railway in Peterborough. Following
a brief spell as a machine tool maker, he
joined the Electric Lighting and Power
Generating Company in 1881 as a Tester, and
was promoted to Chief Electrician in 1882.
When the company was liquidated in 1884, he
decided to set up his own company: F H Royce
and Co Ltd, manufacturing electric lighting
components, dynamos, motors and switchgears.
Royce’s love of the
motorcar began in 1902 and by the spring of
1904, his company’s first car took to the
road. Later that year he was introduced to
another pioneer of the motoring industry,
Charles Rolls, and within a short space of
time Royce’s company were making cars for
Rolls’ company to sell. This partnership was
formalised in 1906 when Rolls-Royce Ltd was
registered as a company.
talents were extended in 1914 when the
company became involved in the development
and manufacture of aero engines.
Sir Henry Royce was
committed to life long learning in order to
overcome the deficiencies in his early
education, having been forced to leave
school at the age of 12.