Frederick William Lanchester 1868 – 1946

Frederick William Lanchester was a major contributor to the theory and practice of automobile engineering and aeronautical engineering. He also published works in radio, acoustics, relativity, music and poetry.

Lanchester is honoured by an annual award in his name by the Operations Society of America.

Lanchester’s work forms the basis of modern automobile engineering, and the theory of flight. His equations of combat form the basis of the science of Operations Research.
In Japan there have also been significant developments in marketing and sales strategy based on Lanchester’s equations of combat.

Engineering:

1890 Gas engine starter
1895 First all British four wheel petrol car
1986 Magneto ignition
1897 Automatic lubrication of engine, First go & no-go gauges
1998 Rack and pinion steering
1901 Pre-selector gear change
1902 Turbo charging, Disc brake
1903 The word “streamlines”
1904 Four wheel drive
1905 Dynamic balance of engine
1923 Fuel injection
1927 Purpose-built armoured cars

Aeronautics:

1894 Vortex theory of lift
1896 Experimental gliders
1897 Stability in flight
1907 Aerial Flight Vol I Aerodynamics
1908 Aerial Flight Vol II Aerodonetics
1916 Aircraft in Warfare