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Donald Portway


Donald Portway
Born(1887-06-28)28 June 1887
Died19 March 1979(1979-03-19) (aged 91)
Academic background
Alma materDowning College, Cambridge
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
University of Khartoum

Donald Portway,[1] CBE, TD, DL, JP, MA, FICE (b Halstead 28 June 1887 - d Cambridge 19 March 1979) was a 20th-century academic, soldier and author.[2]

Portway was educated at Felsted School and Downing College, Cambridge. He was an assistant master at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth from 1912 to 1914 when he joined the Royal Engineers. In 1918 he became a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. In 1919 he became a lecturer in Engineering at the university. He was subsequently Tutor, Senior Tutor and President of St Catharine's before becoming its Master[3] in 1946,[4] a post he held until 1957.[5] He was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Khartoum from 1957 until his retirement in 1961.[6]


  1. ^ Art UK
  2. ^ Amongst others he wrote "Examples in Elementary Engineering", 1937; "Science and Mechanization in Land Warfare", 1938; "Military Science To-day", 1940; "Talks to Future Officers", 1941; "The Quest of Leadership", 1945; "Korea, the Land of Morning Calm", 1953; "Militant Don", 1963; and "Memoirs of an Academic Old Contemptible", 1971> British Library web site accessed 16 December 2018
  3. ^ Masters of St Catherine's
  4. ^ 'St. Catherine's College Mastership' The Times (London, England), Friday, Mar 29, 1946; pg. 4; Issue 50413
  5. ^ 'St. Catharine's College Mastership' The Times (London, England), Monday, Mar 11, 1957; pg. 10; Issue 53786
  6. ^ "Portway, Donald". Who's Who & Who Was Who. Vol. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 1 November 2020. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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