Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer, active from 1890 onwards. Michael Ormsby, the fourth son of Joseph Dussard Ormsby and Helen Lambert Smith, was born in 1869 and studied engineering at the Royal College of Science, Dublin, obtaining an associate's diploma in 1890. From 1890 to 1894 he was an assistant to ARTHUR CHARLES ADAIR ARTHUR CHARLES ADAIR , county surveyor for Co. Derry. He then went to England where he worked as a lecturer at the Battersea Polytechnic and as an assistant to the professor of civil engineering at University College, London, L.F. Vernon Harcourt. The rest of his career was spent in England. He was the author of Elementary Practical Mathematics (1901; republished 1911), Elementary Principles of Surveying (1925) and (with A.H. Jameson), Mathematical Geography (1927;1929).

Ormsby died in 1942. He was married twice: first to Sarah Armstrong (d. 1919) and second to Clara Lavinia Roach.

ICEI: elected member, 1902;(1) wins Mullins Gold Medal for paper on 'Buttressed Masonry Dams', delivered on 4 April 1906;(2) delivers talk on 'Photographic Surveying', 7 April 1915.(3)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from ICEI membership applications, III, 160, and http://www.gravesfa.org/gen387.htm (2008).

TICEI 33 (1905-07), 94-136; IB 48, 7 Apr 1906, 290.
TICEI 33 (1905-07), ?.
TICEI 41 (1914-15), 123-172.