|Sir Philip Watts|
|Born||(1846-05-30)30 May 1846Deptford, Kent, England|
|Died||15 March 1926(1926-03-15) (aged 79)Chelsea, London, England|
|Known for||Warship design|
|Spouse(s)||Elise Isabelle Simonau, daughter of Chevalier Gustave Simonau, of Brussels|
Watts became a constructor to the Admiralty from 1870 to 1885. From 1885 to 1901 he was director of the War Shipping department of Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. at Elswick (subsequently returning as a director of the company in 1912); but in 1902 he was appointed Director of Naval Construction at the Admiralty. This post he held until 1912, when he was succeeded by Sir Eustace Tennyson d'Eyncourt and became Adviser to the Admiralty on Naval Construction. In this capacity he played an important part when the World War I came.
Being the designer of the first dreadnought battleship, it was now up to him to see the use that was made of the fleet which he had brought into being in previous years. He was a member of the royal commission on the Supply and Storage of Liquid Fuel (1912).
- ^ "Sir Philip Watts, K.C.B., F.R.S". Nature 117 (2943). 1926. doi:10.1038/117457a0. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v117/n2943/abs/117457a0.html. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- ^ "Library and Archive catalogue". Royal Society. http://www2.royalsociety.org/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqIni=Dserve.ini&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Show.tcl&dsqDb=Persons&dsqPos=1&dsqSearch=%28Surname%3D%27watts%27%29. Retrieved 30 October 2010.