By Aisling O’Malley, IET Archivist
The IET Archives have received a new acquisition: an album documenting Sir Leonard Drucquer’s Presidency of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), one of the two institutions that formed the IET in 2006. The album includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and event invitations spanning Sir Leonard Drucquer’s term between 1965 to 1966.
The son of a tobacconist, Sir Leonard Drucquer was born in London in1902. Whilst studying at the public school, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Drucquer was first introduced to engineering where he conducted radio transmission experiments. Drucquer went on to study at the Polytechnic College of Engineering to become an electrical engineer.
After his studies in 1920, Drucquer joined the British Thomson-Houston Company (BTH). During his time at BTH, Drucquer worked initially as a tester before joining the erection staff on the Outside Construction Department, where he was responsible for the construction and commissioning of the first automatic-traction substation in Great Britain. Drucquer would later work as a switchgear contract engineer at BTH Willesden. During the 1950s, Druquer had moved into management where he was made BTH Director in 1956 and Divisional Director and General Manager of the Associated Electrical Industries (AEI) Heavy Plant Division in 1958, a position he held until his retirement in 1966. Even during his retirement, Drucquer continued to work where he held the position of Chairman of the CEI and member of the Council of Loughborough University of Technology.
Before his Presidency, Sir Leonard Drucquer was heavily involved in the work of the IEE. In 1920, he joined the IEE as a student, became a Member in 1928, and finally a Fellow in 1940. Drucquer served on the IEE Informal Meetings Committee and was a member of the IEE Supply Section Committee where he held the position of Vice-Chairman and Chairman. In 1962, Drucquer was appointed Vice President of the IEE. After his term as President, Drucquer formed the IEE Business Advisory Committee to guide the IEE’s interests in the developments in publishing and information technology.
This piece has concentrated on the career of Sir Leonard Drucquer, yet, from these words, little can be gleaned from a man described as someone with ‘warm humanity and good humour’ and a ‘modest man with a knack of getting on with people’. This newly donated album contains pictures and newspaper clippings of Sir Leonard Drucquer’s duties as IEE President, including his trip to India in 1966 where he visited Indian engineering institutes such as the Indian Institute of Technology. This album puts a face to the accomplished Sir Leonard Drucquer and illustrates his contributions to the IEE.
‘Leonard Drucquer: IEE President, 1965–66’, Electronics & Power, 1965, 11, (10), p. 345-345, DOI: 10.1049/ep.1965.0255. IET Digital Library, https://digital-library.theiet.org/content/journals/10.1049/ep.1965.0255
‘Sir Leonard Drucquer memorial service’, Electronics & Power, 1975, 21, (8), p. 507-507, DOI: 10.1049/ep.1975.0552. IET Digital Library, https://digital-library.theiet.org/content/journals/10.1049/ep.1975.0552
‘New presidents’, Production Engineer, 1975, 54, (9), p. 451-452, DOI: 10.1049/tpe.1975.0203. IET Digital Library, https://digital-library.theiet.org/content/journals/10.1049/tpe.1975.0203
‘Leeds tee off’, Electronics & Power, 1975, 21, (7), p. 451-451, DOI: 10.1049/ep.1975.0493. IET Digital Library, https://digital-library.theiet.org/content/journals/10.1049/ep.1975.0493