Death of Dr Alex Moulton CBE 1920-2012

The University is sorry to announce the death of Dr Alex Moulton CBE who was an Honorary Graduate of the University of Bath.

Dr Moulton was famous for his work on the hydro elastic suspension of the Mini in the 1960s and the development of the innovative small wheeled Moulton bicycles.

He had been a great friend to the University over a number of years and was awarded an honorary degree by the University in 1971.

He was a keen advocate of engineering design education where he felt that practical application was more important than theory. He supported a number of activities within the Department of Mechancial Engineering, including a dragster design and make competition for the first year undergraduates which has been running for 20 years.

Despite his age he was working hard on the design and prototyping of the next generation of bicycle and only last month hosted a celebration of 50 years of the Moulton Bicycle.

Dr Geraint Owen, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechancial Engineering worked with Dr Moulton over a number of years developing a series of Engineering textbooks.

He said: "Alex devoted his life to innovating engineering projects. It is unlikely that the Mini would ever have been the success it was without his suspension design. He had a strong belief in the importance of engineering to the success of the UK economy and society, and was very keen that the next generation were inspired."

Read more about Dr Moulton’s life in obituaries in the Times, Guardian,Telegraph and Bath Chronicle.

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