NOV 00] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
Jaguar Founder Immortalised By University
William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar Cars is to be immortalised
in Coventry next month when a building is named after him.
computing services centre at Coventry University, currently
known as R block, will be dedicated to the memory of Sir William
of his daughters, Pat Quinn, will be present at the ceremony on
12 December. It is part of a programme of renaming university
buildings after people who have made an impact on the city.
Lyons was born in Blackpool in 1901. His early passion was
motorbikes, and with a small loan from his father he was able to
set up business with a partner making sidecars.
then expanded into the coachbuilding business, convinced that a
more prosperous future lay in building more attractive bodies
for the cars becoming available to the motorists of the 1920s.
growing company moved to Coventry in 1928.
SS Cars Ltd was incorporated in 1934 and William Lyons
bought out his partner, who left the company.
first SS Jaguar Saloon was produced in 1935. In 1945 the company
adopted its present-day name, Jaguar Cars Ltd.
William, who was knighted in 1956 for his contribution to the
British motor industry, dedicated his life to making his cars a
success. A road at Cannon Park has also been named after him.
Dr Michael Goldstein commented:
William Lyons holds a very special place in the history of this
contributions will be long-lasting and have helped place
Coventry on the global map.
university considers itself privileged to be able to name one of
its key, high-tech buildings, after a man who is certainly one
of the century's leaders."