10:57am Thursday 16th June 2011
Brought up in Eccleshill, Edward Spurr has been described as “Bradford’s forgotten inventor”.
The former Hanson Boys High School pupil worked on an impressive range of projects.
Not only did he design a powerboat engine with Lawrence of Arabia, but he also worked on the Dambusters’ bouncing bomb and Frank Whittle’s jet engine.
He was born on May 24, 1907, and died in 1998.
He designed engines and parts for boats, planes, cars and motorcycles, washing machines, pick-ups for record players and an automatic toaster.
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