Gordon Wray made major contributions to engineering research and development in the textile industry, particularly in the fields of machinery design and textile processing. He was widely regarded as one of the leading researchers in textile engineering. His major contributions include the air–jet texturing process, the Locstitch machine, an unconventional pile fabric machine, automatic garment linking machinery and an automatic rib transfer machine, to name just a few. He became a household name in textile circles not only in the UK but also across the world. He was a major driving force behind the setting up of Loughborough University's Engineering Design Institute (EDI) asits founding director, and was the Royal Academy of Engineering's Professor in the Principles of Engineering Design. As a professor, hetrained many researchers from many countries who currently serve in high–level positions in the industries and public sectors of their respective countries. He also played a significant advisory role in the development of the Universidade do Minho, Portugal.