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Austin William Pearce

Manufacturing executive , business executive

Austin Pearce, British manufacturing executive. Decorated Commander Order British Empire, Knight. Fellow: British Institute Management, Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellowship Engineers, Institute Chemical Engineers, Institute Petroleum (honorary); member: Athenaeum Club.


Pearce, Austin was born on September 1, 1921 in Plymouth, England. Son of William Thomas and Florence Anne (Symons) Pearce.


Bachelor of Science with honors, Birmingham University, England, 1943. Doctor of Philosophy, Birmingham University, England, 1945. Doctor of Science (honorary), Southampton U, 1978.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Exeter University, 1985.


Joined Esso Petroleum Company 1945, Director 1963-1980, Manager Director 1968-1971, Chairman 1972-1980, Director Esso Europe Inc. 1972-1980; Chairman Irish Refining Company Ltd. 1965-1971, United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Advisory Committee 1977-1980.

President Institute of Petroleum 70. President Pipeline industries Guild 1973-1975. President Oil Industries Club 76.

President United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association 1979-1980. Vice-President Society of British Aerospace Cos. 1981-1982, President 1982-1983.

Vice-President Engineering Employers' Group 1983-1987. Director Williams and Glyn’s Bank Ltd. 1974-1985, Deputy Chairman 83, Chairman 1983-1985.

Director Royal Bank of Scotland Group since 1978, a Vice-chairman since 1985. Director British Aerospace since 1977, Chairman 1980-1987. Chairman Oxford Instruments since 1987.

Director Pearl Assurance PLC since 1985, Jaguar PLC since 1986, Smiths Industries since 1987. Chairman CBI Industrial Policy Committee 1982-1985. Chairman Science Museum, London since 1986.

Pro-Chancellor University of Surrey since 1985.


Advisory Council on Energy Conservation 1974-1980, Energy Commission 79. Of Board, English-Speaking Union 1974-1980. Commission, on Energy and the Environment 1978-1981.

Takeover Panel since 1987.


  • Other Interests

    Golf, general handicrafts.


Married Maglona Twinn, May 10, 1947 (deceased 1975). Children: Wendy, Vanessa, Cheryl. Married Patricia Forsythe, May 6, 1979.

late William T. Pearce

of Florence Pearce

Maglona Winifred Twinn