Johnston, George (1855)
|born on||3 August 1855 at 20:45 (= 8:45 PM )|
|Place||West Linton, Scotland, 55n46, 3w22|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||10°53' 28°02 Asc. 00°44'|
Scottish locomotive engineer and pioneer automobile engineer.
In 1894 Johnston was commissioned by the City of Glasgow to build an experimental steam tram-car to replace the horse trams. When it was having a final test before a Corporation committee it took fire and it was abandoned.
Johnston's attention was then turned to a detailed examination of continental makes of motor car. He came to the conclusion that he could design and make a better vehicle than any of them and in particular a better engine. The first British-built motor car was thus conceived and by the end of 1895 was ready for financial backing. Johnston formed a joint venture with Sir William Arrol, an engineer of the Forth Bridge to form the Mo-Car Syndicate Limited, which was to produce his car. Sir William's main interest in the business was as the financial backer.
Difficult to work with, Johnston departed the Arrol-Johnston company in 1903 after it had been restructured financially, as a result of a disagreement. He spent his later life manufacturing mining equipment.
He died in 1945
Paul Wright quotes birth record
- Traits : Personality : Difficult/ mean spirited
- Vocation : Engineer : Industrial
- Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical