George Skinner

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeorge Herbert•Skinner
Used nameGeorge•Skinner
Born1872 in Wellingborough, England (GBR)
Died29 December 1931 in Ealing, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


As a youngster George Skinner worked in the family firm of Lilley and Skinner, the well-known boot and shoe manufacturers. Around 1895, following a visit to the United States, he was one of the first people to introduce modern shoe-making equipment into Britain. However, Skinner’s first love was not shoes but motoring, and from the time he first drove on the Continent in 1898, he was never without a car.

Skinner took an interest in, and was engaged in, the early development of the petrol engine and in the early-1900s he invented the S.U. Carburettor, which became widely used in most vehicles in Great Britain after World War I. Skinner was one of the founders and vice-presidents of the Institute of Patentees, and was well known within the City of London as a warden of the Cordwainer’s Company, for which he became a Freeman of the City of London.

A fine clay bird shot, Skinner was a member of the Ealing Gun Club and was in the Great Britain II squad that won the trap bronze medal at the 1908 London Olympics. Skinner was also a keen yachtsman and accomplished golfer, and was a member of the West Middlesex Golf Club.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Shooting GBR George Skinner
Trap, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 2 3 Bronze


Name previously given as Gerald H. Skinner, but this is not confirmed by contemporary sources.