David McMurtry

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Sir David McMurtry
Born David Roberts McMurtry
March 1940 (age 77)
Clontarf, Ireland
Residence Wotton-under-Edge, England
Education Mountjoy School
Known for Co-founder of Renishaw plc
Net worth US$ 1.09 billion (April 2017)[1]
Spouse(s) Teresa
Children 3

Sir David Roberts McMurtry, CBE FRS FREng (born March 1940) is a British billionaire, the co-founder of Renishaw plc, the United Kingdom's largest supplier of metrology equipment.

Early life[edit]

David Roberts McMurtry was born in March 1940,[2] in Clontarf, Ireland.[3] He was brought up in Dublin and educated at Mountjoy School in Dublin.


McMurtry joined Bristol Aero Engines as an apprentice in 1958.[4] In 1966, following an acquisition, he found himself employed by Rolls-Royce plc where he became Deputy Chief Designer and Assistant Chief of Engine Design at Filton.[4] In 1973, while working on Concorde's engines, he designed his first trigger probe.[4]

In 1979 McMurtry joined his former colleague John Deer to set up Renishaw plc.[4] In 1987 he acquired the patents for his trigger probes from Rolls-Royce plc and began to exploit the patents himself.[4]

In 1989 he became a Royal Designer for Industry.[5]

He was awarded the CBE in 1994[6] and was knighted in the 2001 New Year Honours.[7]

McMurty received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1998.[8]

In 2001, McMurtry was elected a Fellow[9] of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[9] In 2008 the University of Bath[10] awarded him an honorary doctorate. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[11] McMurtry won the Institute of Physics Swan Medal and Prize in 2012.[12]

Personal life[edit]

McMurty is married to Teresa and has two sons and a daughter.[13] He lives in Wotton-under-Edge, England.[1]

In 2001, McMurtry started work on a futuristic building known as Swinhay House.[14] The "€36m futuristic eco-house" appeared in the finale of the BBC television series Sherlock.[3]


  1. ^ a b "David McMurtry". Forbes.com. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "David Roberts MCMURTRY - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "David McMurtry". Independent.ie. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Renishaw: Biography
  5. ^ New Year Honour for David McMurtry Engineering Talk, 9 March 2001
  6. ^ "(Supplement) no. 53863". The London Gazette. 29 November 1994. p. 16701. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "(Supplement) no. 56070". The London Gazette. 30 December 2000. p. 2. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh: Honorary Graduates". Heriot-Watt University. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "List of Fellows". 
  10. ^ University of Bath: McMurtry Oration
  11. ^ "Sir David Roberts McMurtry CBE FREng FRS". Royal Society. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Physics, Institute of. "The Swan/Business and Innovation medal recipients". www.iop.org. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Inventor's Probing Mind Defies UK Industry Meltdown Investing News, 16 June 2005
  14. ^ The futuristic dream home of one of Britain's leading industrialists Daily Mail, 8 September 2008