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Photograph of Derek Portman Derek Portman (1927–2005) was a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. During his professional career he worked as a production manager and director for a number of large companies including English Electric, Serck and Rank Xerox. Latterly he was employed as a company turnaround specialist and management consultant.

Throughout his life Derek was a keen amateur historian and read widely on many different subjects and periods in history. When he retired he became a full time researcher in the history of engineering technology.

Derek was appointed a Rolt Fellow in the Centre for the History of Technology (now the History of Technology Research Unit) at the University of Bath in 1997.


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