Eric Openshaw Taylor

Prof Eric Openshaw Taylor FRSE PRSSA FIEE (c.1900–1987) was a 20th century British electrical engineer and scientific author. He was an early advocate of the use of nuclear power to create electricity.[1]


He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of London graduating BSc.

He became Professor of Electrical engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

In 1944 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Maurice Say, James Cameron Smail, Nicholas Lightfoot and James Sandilands.[2]

In 1956 he succeeded Robert Waldron Plenderleith as President of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts.

He died at Furze Hill in southern England on 16 October 1987.[3]


  • Power Systems Economics
  • Utilisation of Electric Energy
  • Performance and Design of A/C Commutator Motors
  • Watt, Faraday and Parsons
  • Electromechanical Energy Conversion
  • Direct Current Machines (with Maurice George Say)
  • Nuclear Reactors for Power Generation
  • Electric Power Distribution
  • Nuclear Power Plant


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  2. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  3. ^ Yearbook of the RSE 1987