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Sir David McMurtry CBE RDI FRS FREng CEng FIMechE

Sir David McMurtry

Chairman and Chief Executive
Renishaw plc

Sir David is Chairman and Chief Executive of Renishaw plc, with additional responsibility for Group technology. He was employed at Rolls-Royce plc, Bristol, for 17 years, latterly holding the positions of Deputy Chief Designer and Assistant Chief of Engine Design for all Rolls-Royce engines manufactured at Filton, Bristol.

After inventing the original touch-trigger probe for co-ordinate measuring machines in 1972, Sir David co-founded Renishaw with John Deer in 1973, which today employs over 4,000 people in 35 countries, of which 2,800 are located in the UK.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2011 became a Fellow of the Royal Society. His knighthood was awarded "for services to design and innovation" and he was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 1989. The Institute of Physics jointly awarded its 2012 Swan Medal to Sir David and John Deer for their role in founding Renishaw and leading it to become one of the world's principal manufacturers of metrology equipment.

Sir David is a visiting professor of Huddersfield University and has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering at the University of Birmingham and honorary degrees of Doctor of Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Bristol and the University of Bath. He has also been awarded an honorary fellowship at Cardiff University.

Whilst at Rolls-Royce Sir David was named as Inventor or co-inventor on 47 patents or patent applications, and over 150 at Renishaw.

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2017
Created: 2 Jun 2015


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