Richard Clarkson

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Richard Clarkson
Born(1904-07-14)14 July 1904
7 October 1996(1996-10-07) (aged 92)
EducationClayesmore School
Spouse(s)Sylvia Paice
Children1 daughter
Engineering career
Employer(s)de Havilland (1925–1963)
Hawker Siddeley (1963–1968)
Significant designHawker Siddeley (DH) 121 Trident
Significant advancede Havilland Mosquito

Richard Milroy Clarkson OBE FCGI FRAeS (14 July 1904 – 7 October 1996) was a British aeronautical engineer with de Havilland, then Hawker Siddeley. He designed the HS121 Trident, which was subsequently taken as template for the Airbus A300 in the late 1960s.

Early life[edit]

He attended Clayesmore School in Dorset.


de Havilland[edit]

He joined de Havilland at Edgware in 1925.

He was responsible for the aerodynamics of the de Havilland Mosquito.[1] The first Mosquito W4050 flew in November 1940. He became Head of Aerodynamics in 1935, and Assistant Chief Engineer in 1941.[2]

He designed the aerodynamics of the Trident

Hawker Siddeley Aviation[edit]

He was responsible for the aerodynamics of the DH.121 Trident. Boeing copied the aircraft as the Boeing 727. His team at Hawker Siddeley (HSA) would design the wing for the new Airbus A300. The Technical Director for the Airbus A300 was Bernard Ziegler from France.

He retired in February 1969.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He married Sylvia Paice in 1940, and they had one daughter. He received the OBE in the 1950 New Year Honours. In April 1964 he became a Fellow of City and Guilds.[4] He received the Gold Medal of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1966. From the Royal Society he received the Mullard Award in 1969 for his work on the Trident.[5]

He died in Somerset in 1996.[6]

See also[edit]


Business positions
Preceded by
Research Director of de Havilland Aircraft (a division of HSA from 1963)
Succeeded by