James Martin (engineer)

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James Martin
Sir James Martin plaque Crossgar.jpg
A plaque commemorating Sir James Martin in his home town of Crossgar
Born (1893-09-11)11 September 1893
Crossgar, County Down, Ireland
Died 5 January 1981(1981-01-05) (aged 87)
Nationality British
Citizenship United Kingdom
Occupation Engineer
Known for Inventor of the ejector seat and founder of the Martin-Baker aircraft company
Spouse(s) Jackie Breen

Sir James Martin CBE DSc CEng FIMechE FRAeS (11 September 1893 – 5 January 1981) was a Northern Irish engineer whom together with Captain Valentine Baker founded the Martin-Baker aircraft company which is now a leading producer of aircraft ejection seats.

Life[edit]

James Martin was born 11 September 1893 in Glasswater Road, Crossgar, County Down in Ireland, and later Northern Ireland. He established his own engineering firm in 1929.[1]

In 1934, he and Valentine Baker formed Martin-Baker; Captain Baker took the test pilot role. It was in a crash of their third design, the MB 3, that Baker was killed.

In 2004, Martin was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.[2]

Northern Bank[edit]

Martin's contribution to engineering was commemorated by the Northern Bank in its Inventor series of banknotes, which featured his portrait on the bank's £100 note. The note was discontinued in 2013 when the bank reissued its banknotes under the new Danske Bank brand.[3]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.devlin-family.com/martin.htm
  2. ^ Sprekelmeyer, Linda, editor. These We Honor: The International Aerospace Hall of Fame. Donning Co. Publishers, 2006. ISBN 978-1-57864-397-4.
  3. ^ "Current Banknotes: Danske Bank". The Association of Commercial Banknote Issuers. Retrieved 30 November 2013.