Harry Beck
(1902-1972)

Died aged c. 70

Henry Charles Beck (Leyton, London, 4 June 1902 – 18 September 1974), known as Harry Beck, was an English technical draughtsman best known for creating the present London Underground Tube map in 1931. Beck drew up the diagram in his spare time while working as an engineering draftsman at the London Underground Signals Office. London Underground was initially sceptical of Beck's radical proposal, an uncommissioned spare-time project, but tentatively introduced it to the public in a small pamphlet in 1933. It was immediately popular, and the Underground has used topological maps to illustrate the network ever since.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Photo of Harry Beck blue plaque
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Photo of Harry Beck blue plaque
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Harry Beck designer of the London Underground map lived here 1936-1960

60 Court House Gardens, West Finchley, London, United Kingdom where he lived (1936-1960)

In memory of Harry Beck the originator of the distinctive London Underground map who lived near here and used the station regularly. The map is used by millions daily and has become recognised as a classic world-wide

Finchley Central Tube Station, London, United Kingdom where he lived near and travelled from

Harry Beck designer of the London Underground map was born here

Wesley Road, Leyton, London, United Kingdom where he was born (1902)