- Category : 1877-births
- Type : PE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (12)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 2
Scottish industrialist and politician, who served as President of the Air Council in 1918.
He joined the business established by his father and his uncle, G. and J. Weir, manufacturers of condensers, pumps, and evaporators.
Weir rose to become a director of G. and J. Weir, before serving as managing director between 1902 and 1915, and as chairman from 1910 to 1953. During World War I, he converted his factories to produce explosive shells. He was a director of several major UK companies.
He joined the Air Council in November 1917 and became its President in April 1918, resigning in December that year after the end of the war. He didn't desire any further political power, and went on to serve on a number of government committees, including those on civil aviation, economies in the fighting services, and co-ordination between the navy, army, and air force. During 1924 and 1925, Weir chaired the committee on electricity supply to plan the rationalisation of the United Kingdom's electrical power industry.