Stewart Tresilian

Stewart Tresilian (9 January 1904 – 20 May 1962) was a British mechanical engineer, who played a significant role in the early development of British aero engines during World War II.

Early lifeEdit

He gained a BA degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.



In the 1920s he worked at Rolls-Royce on aero-engines. In the early 1930s he worked as the chief assistant to Arthur Rowledge at Rolls-Royce on the R engine.

Templewood EngineeringEdit

For around a year, from 1938 to 1939, he worked as an independent consultant under the name 'Templewood Engineering', an owned subsidiary of High Duty Alloys Ltd. Wallace C. Devereux set up this offshoot company in order to market their Hiduminium range of high-performance aluminium alloys to the motor-racing industry. One of Tresilian's innovations was to encourage the use of these alloys as extrusions, as well as the previous forgings.

Armstrong SiddeleyEdit

In 1939 he became the Chief Engineer of Armstrong Siddeley, based north of Coventry (now Rolls-Royce Ansty).

British Racing MotorsEdit

Tresilian designed an oversquare twin-cam 2.5-litre four-cylinder for the BRM P25 Formula One car. Tresilian subsequently designed the BRM P48, BRM's first rear-engined Formula One car.


External linksEdit

  • Biography at
  • Hodgson, Richard (2001). "Stewart Stewart Tresilian". Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust.