Auric Godshawk was killed in the Scriven Uprising when the skinners stormed The Barbican. He was found laughing and said that they would never be able to kill him. It is now known that this refers to his experiments on Fever Crumb and Cluny Morvish .
He originally thought of the idea of traction cities intending to build a mobile London and move it once across Europe to the middle sea, allowing the scriven to live out their days in peace, but he never got to realise this dream and the credit was instead given to Nickolas Quirke.
Auric Godshawk is still remembered by Londoners in Mortal Engines most notably with the Goshawk airship company though only a few Londoners believed that he thought of the idea of Traction Cities and even fewer know outright.
Little known to anyone, Auric had put a stalker brain with his memories inside baby Fever's head. Due to this, Fever Crumb sometimes remembered things she had never experienced. When a paper boy took some of her blood to be examined, they saw the stalker cells. He also put a similar device in Cluny Morvish's head while she was in London as a baby. It is unknown how the device works, although it seems to be some sort of a robotic hypnotism device (or a conciousness storer) that worked in a manner similar to that of a stalker's.
Based on what Dr Crumb had claimed, Auric was an amateur scientist or engineer, and he had a reasonable knowledge of how some Old Tech functioned, due to his inventions. He passed much of his expertise on to Wavey, and she became a chief engineer (despite a sense of emotion).