was born in Drogheda in 1896. He studied engineering in UCD, graduating
with a B.Sc. in 1916 and an M.Sc. in 1918. He took up an appointment as
an Assistant Lecturer in Physics at University College Galway and while
he was there, he qualified with a BE degree in 1922 and a Ph.D. in 1923.
In Galway, McLaughlin was greatly influenced by the then Professor of
Civil Engineering, Frank Rishworth. It is believed that Rishworth instilled
in McLaughlin the idea of harnessing the Shannon.
We refer to this as
the "Rural Electrification Programme". McLaughlin retired from
the ESB in 1958, and he died in Spain in 1971.