Record

Authorised form of nameYarrow; Sir; Alfred Fernandez (1842 - 1932); marine engineer and shipbuilder
Dates1842 - 1932
NationalityBritish
Place of birth2 Bury Court, St Mary Axe, London, England
Date of birth13 January 1842
Place of deathSavoy Hotel, the Strand, London, England
Date of death24/01/1932
Dates and placesBurial:
Highgate Cemetery, London
OccupationMarine engineer
Research fieldEngineering
ActivityEducation:
University College School, London
Career:
Apprenticed to Ravenhill, Salkeld & Co., marine engine builders (1857); attended lectures of Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution (FRS 1824) with his friend James Hilditch, with whom he patented a steam carriage and a steam plough (1861); partnered with a Mr Hedley and established a works at Folly Wall, Isle of Dogs, Poplar London (1865); dissolved the partnership (1875); developed his business which was incorporated as a limited liability company, Yarrow & Co Ltd (1897); moved the enterprise to Scotstoun, on the River Clyde (1906-1908); retired to Hampshire (1913); returned to work building destroyers, and developing shallow-draught gunboats, for the war effort (1914); gave considerable donations to projects related to shipbuilding, including £20, 000 towards the building of a test tank for shup models at the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington (1911); gave £100, 000 to the Royal Society for the establishment of research professorships (1923); founded the Yarrow Home for Convalescent Children at Broadstairs, Kent, gave to the London Hospital, and donated for training of nurses in Glasgow and provision of nurses in remote areas of Scotland.
Honours:
Bt 1916
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election11/05/1922
Age at election80
ProposerWilliam Cawthorne Unwin; Henry Bradwardine Jackson; Hugh Longbourne Callendar; Archibald Geikie; Philip Watts; Ernest George Coker; William Henry Mahoney Christie
William Ernest Dalby; Dugald Clerk; Robert Hadfield; Charles Algernon Parsons; Alexander Blackie William Kennedy; Henry Reginald Arnulph Mallock; Richard Tetley Glazebrook; John Isaac Thornycroft
RelationshipsParents: Edgar Williams Yarrow (1804–1867) of Barnsbury, London, and his wife, Esther Lindo (1797–1889), daughter of Moses Dacosta Lindo, a West Indies merchant.
Spouse: 1) Minnie Florence Franklin (1852/3–1922) (24 March 1875); 2) Eleanor Cecilia Barnes (1871–1953), daughter of Goodwin Barnes, coal proprietor (2 December 1922).
Children: 1st marriage) three daughters and three sons, the youngest son was killed in action in 1915.
Royal Society Obituary or MemoirClick to view (may be contained within a meeting notice, presidential address or list of death notices)
Related imagesDiscover a selection of related images in our picture library
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 1932-1935 vol l pp 7-11, plate, by Sir Eustace Henry William Tennyson d'Eyncourt
Royal Society codeNA1842
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1922/15Yarrow, Sir Alfred Fernadez: certificate of election to the Royal Society
NLB/28/76Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Richard Tetley Glazebrook, Fellow of the Royal Society6 January 1904
NLB/40/187Copy letter from Joseph Larmor to A [Alfred] F [Fernandez] Yarrow29 April 1909
NLB/40/299Copy letter from Joseph Larmor and John Rose Bradford to A [Alfred] F [Fernadez] Yarrow21 May 1909
MS/928/2/201Letter from Alfred Fernandez Yarrow, Isle of Dogs, Poplar, London, to Charles Vernon Boys, Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street 5 January 1900
NLB/64/767Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Chief Accountant of Westminster Bank Ltd. London E.C.315 June 1923
NLB/62/144Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Alfred [Fernandez] Yarrow, FRS; Homestead, Hindhead, Surrey9 December 1921
NLB/62/33Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Secretary of the Institution of Naval Architects; 5 Adelphi Terrace, W.C.2.19 November 1921
NLB/61/783Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Secretary of the Institution of Naval Architects; Adelphi Terrace, Strand, W.C.2.25 October 1921
NLB/64/782Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Messrs. Heseltine, powell & Co. Throgmorton Street, E.C.18 June 1923
NLB/64/910Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society9 July 1923
NLB/66/292Copy letter from [the Secretary of] the Royal Society; to The Times, The Morning Post, Nature, The Daily Telegraph and the Press Association4 April 1924
NLB/66/670Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Alfred Yarrow, Barts. FRS17 June 1924
NLB/72/518Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Alfred Yarrow, Baronet, FRS28 November 1929
NLB/52/340Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to The Secretary of the Institution of Naval Architects11 November 1915
S/0024Sculpture bust of Yarrow, Sir Alfred Fernandez
Add to My Items

    Collection highlights

    Browse the records of some of our collections, which cover all branches of science and date from the 12th century onwards. These include the published works of Fellows of the Royal Society, personal papers of eminent scientists, letters and manuscripts sent to the Society or presented at meetings, and administrative records documenting the Society's activities since our foundation in 1660.

    The Royal Society

    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of
    the world's most eminent scientists and is the
    oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
    Registered charity number 207043

    Website design ©CalmView



    CONTACT US

    + 44 207 451 2500
    (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00. Excludes bank holidays)

    6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

    Email Us →

    SUBSCRIBE

    Subscribe to our newsletters to be updated with the
    latest news on innovation, events, articles and reports.

    Subscribe →

    © CalmView