Pioneer in automotive engineering and founder of Lanchester Motor Company who is considered one of the three main English car engineers.
He received academic scholarships to both Kensington College and the Hartley Institution, in Southampton.
He received a gold medal from the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1926 and a Daniel Guggenheim Medal in 1931.
He married Dorothea Cooper in 1919.
His car employed an epicyclic gearbox years before Henry Ford adopted it.