On 9th December 2012, Dr Alex Moulton CBE passed away peacefully aged 92. Dr Moulton was a British engineer and inventor who spend his career pioneering innovative suspension products and small-wheeled folding bicycles.
I once had the privilege of meeting Dr Moulton when he
visited a factory where I worked as an engineer. We manufactured the conical rubber spring for
the Mini and “Hydragas” suspension unit used in the Metro and MG-F, both of
which were developed by Dr Moulton.
He had come to discuss the possibility of producing some new
development samples of the Hydragas product and so I spent a fascinating and
very enjoyable hour or two in discussion with a legend of British
struck me as a very well-spoken, energetic and bright engineer with a real
passion for the products he had developed.
The typical British inventor, if you will – right down to the tweed
jacket! Given that he must have been in
his eighties at the time, his youthful energy and the sharpness of his mind were
incredible. That he was still developing
products and innovating at a time in life when most people sit with their feet
up, is a real tribute to the man.
I wish I had been a fan of folding bicycles back then as I
would not have wasted the opportunity to discuss them with him!
There is also a short tribute to Dr Moulton on the Moulton
Bicycles website here. I hope that his products can go on inspiring future generations of engineers. British
engineering has lost one of its finest sons and my own thoughts and prayers are
with his family at this time.