Elected: 1973
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Professor Thomas Malcolm Charlton FRSE
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Thomas Malcolm Charlton was born on 1 September 1923 at South Normanton, Derbyshire, of a long-established ‎mining family. Following his father’s appointment as an underground engine-wright at Hatfield Main Colliery, his ‎family moved to Stainforth. He won a scholarship for Doncaster Grammar School where he remained until 1939. ‎Railways were the love of his life. He founded the School Railway Society; he treasured a prize from Meccano, ‎and revelled in seeing the construction of the streamlined Gresley Pacific Locomotive. During his tenure of a ‎premium apprenticeship which enabled him to study for a Higher National Certificate in Engineering at Doncaster ‎Technical College, he realised that a university degree was necessary if he were to improve his position. Despite a ‎considerable financial sacrifice his parents wholeheartedly supported his aims. He became a full-time student at ‎Derby Technical College for the external Inter BSc(Eng) of London University. Undaunted by the wartime ‎bombings which often caused long delays in his train journeys home, he made considerable progress. ‎