Andrew Bryan (engineer)

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Sir Andrew Bryan FRSE (1893-1988) was a Scottish mining engineer.

Andrew Meikle Bryan was born on 1 March 1893, the son of John Bryan, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, and was educated at Greenfields School and at the former Hamilton Academy and is listed as a notable former pupil of the school in the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association Magazine, February 1950, feature on Hamilton Academy in the article series 'Famous Scottish Schools'.[1]

Following service in World War I (he served also in World War II) Bryan graduated BSc in 1919 from the University of Glasgow, subsequently being awarded DSc and an Honorary LLD, both also from Glasgow.

An Inspector of Mines from 1920–32, in 1932 Bryan was appointed to the James S. Dixon Chair of Mining, in the University of Glasgow and the Royal Technical College (renamed in 1956 the Royal College of Science and Technology and in 1964 becoming the University of Strathclyde). This Chair had been endowed in 1907 by another former pupil of Hamilton Academy, James Stedman Dixon.[2] Andrew Bryan was to hold this professorship until 1940, in which year he was appointed General Manager of the Shotts Iron Co. Ltd., becoming a Director in 1942 and the company’s managing Director in 1944.

In 1947 Bryan was appointed chief Inspector of Mines in the Ministry of Fuel and Power, a post he held until 1951.[3]

Andrew Bryan was President of the Institution of Mining Engineers (1950–51); a Fellow of the Institute of Ceramics and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy; President of the Mining Institute of Scotland and North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (all merging in 2002 into the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) and President of the National Association of Colliery Managers.[4] The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining administers the award of the Sir Andrew Bryan Medal ‘’For sustained and outstanding contributions to the Institute and its activities." [5]

Andrew Bryan authored numerous Papers, official Reports and articles and among his publications were "St George's Coalfield, Newfoundland" (1937) and the textbook "The Evolution of Health and Safety in Mines" (1976) [6][7]

In 1945 Bryan was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and in March 1950 knighthood was conferred on him by HM King George VI at Buckingham Palace.[8][9]

Sir Andrew Meikle Bryan died on 26 June 1988.


  1. ^ Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association Magazine, February 1950, feature on Hamilton Academy in the article series 'Famous Scottish Schools'
  2. ^ University of Glasgow. The James S. Dixon Chair in Mining Retrieved 30 December 2010
  3. ^ Royal Society of Edinburgh – List of Fellows and biographies Retrieved 19 September 2010
  4. ^ The Mining Institute of Scotland – List of Presidents Retrieved 19 October 2010
  5. ^ Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining – Awards Retrieved 19 October 2010
  6. ^ British Medical Journal - book review 1977 Retrieved 19 October 2010
  7. ^ JSTOR academic reference site - printed work by Sir Andrew Bryan Retrieved 19 October 2010
  8. ^ London Gazette 17 March 1950 Retrieved 19 October 2010
  9. ^ Kelly’s Handbook 1976, page 305; Who Was Who no.8

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