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Biographical entry Pritchard, Edward (Ted) (1930 - 2007)

26 August 1930
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
16 August 2007
Kew, Victoria, Australia
Educator, Engineer and Inventor


Ted Pritchard devoted his career to promoting the environmental benefits of steam-powered over internal combustion style engines. In 1964 his company Pritchard Steam Power Pty Ltd retrofitted a 1963 Ford Falcon with a steam engine of his own design. In 1978 he produced, with funding from the Victorian government, an advanced Pritchard Steam Engine. Although several car manufacturing companies showed interest in his designs, he was not able to secure a backer for his steam engine. In 2007 he completed the design of his final engine the S5000. He passed away before the prototype was finished. For many years, Pritchard also lectured at RMIT in mechanical engineering and thermodynamics.

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  • McCann, M., 'All steamed-up to drive home his power point', The Age, 30 August 2007, p. 16. Details

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