Boyd, Winnett

BASc, PEng 
3T9 Mechanical 
Inducted: 1981 

Winnett Boyd chiefly responsible for the design, development and building of the first all-Canadian jet engine, the Chinook, the forerunner of the world leading Orenda jet engine which powered Canadian produced (AV Roe Canada and Canadair) fighter aircraft.

In 1950, he joined C. D. Howe Co. Ltd., as a Consultant. He was responsible for the design of the Daniel-Boyd Power Reactor and NRU research reactor at AECL, Chalk River, Ontario.

Later activities included nuclear consultant to the United Nations, development of tar sands technology, radioactive waste disposal methods, a study of winter navigation on the St. Lawrence River and the invention of a back pedalling braking system for multi-speed bicycles.


  • At age 32 had completed the design of the Chinook and Orenda Jet aircraft engines; the Orenda established a world record for reliability
  • Youngest recipient of Engineering Alumni Medal (1948)