David McMurtry

About David McMurtry

Birth Year: 1940
Birth Place: Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Residence: Wotton-under-Edge, England
Education: Mountjoy School
Known for: Co-founder of Renishaw plc
Spouse(s): Teresa
Children: 3

David McMurtry

David McMurtry was born on 1940 in Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom, United Kingdom. Sir David McMurtry is the cofounder, CEO and chairman of Renishaw, a measurement instrument manufacturer based in the U.K. He began his career at Rolls-Royce, starting as an apprentice machinist and rising to become assistant chief of engine design at the Bristol plant before leaving to found Renishaw in 1973 with his colleague, John Deer. Although Renishaw's headquarters are still located in a former 19th-century textile mill, it makes products with applications from high-tech manufacturing to neurosurgery. The company, which distributes products from 79 locations in 35 countries, has begun supplying high-tech laser components used by drones and self-driving cars. In 1994, Queen Elizabeth made him a Commander of the Order to the British Empire for "services to Science and Technology." McMurtry invented or co-invented more than 150 Renishaw products and holds several hundred patents.
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David Roberts McMurtry was born in March 1940, in Clontarf, Ireland. He was brought up in Dublin and educated at Mountjoy School in Dublin.


McMurtry joined Bristol Aero Engines as an apprentice in 1958. 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. In 1973, while working on Concorde's engines, he designed his first trigger probe.


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


He was awarded the CBE in 1994 and was knighted in the 2001 New Year Honours.


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


In 2001 McMurtry started work on a Futuristic building known as Swinhay House. The "£30m Futuristic eco-house" appeared in the finale of the BBC television series Sherlock.

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