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Adolph Louis Haas

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Adolph Louis Haas (1878-1950)


1951 Obituary [1]

"ADOLPH LOUIS HAAS, I.S.O., was born in London in 1878. He attended the People's Palace Day Technical School for technical training from 1891 to 1894, and in 1894 he commenced a five years' apprenticeship in the locomotive shops of the old North London Railway. During this period he attended evening classes at the East London College (formerly the People's Palace Day Technical School). In 1900 he went to sea as a third engineer, and after three years' service at sea he obtained a first-class Board of Trade certificate as a marine engineer. In 1903 Mr. Haas was appointed an assistant inspecting engineer in the stores department of H.M. India Office; in 1919 he was promoted to assistant chief mechanical engineer, and in 1920 to chief mechanical engineer of that department, a post which he occupied until his retirement in 1943. He was responsible for all mechanical plant and supplies, except locomotives and marine vessels, exported from Great Britain to India. In 1941 he was awarded the Imperial Service Order for his services to the Government of India.

Few engineers in Great Britain have given longer or more devoted and valuable service to the British Standards Institution than Mr. Haas. Since 1920 he had served both as chairman and member of a large number of committees of that institution. His intimate knowledge of the materials, manufacturing processes and methods of testing chains, wire and fibre ropes, and other lifting tackle, made him a well-qualified chairman for the committees dealing with the standardization of this class of plant. After retiring from his official post, Mr. Haas accepted a part-time appointment with the British Standards Institution, and he was responsible for the compilation of the excellent B.S. Handbook on lifting tackle. He was also responsible for the draft specifications for land boilers. Amongst other committees of that institution, upon which he served, may be mentioned those dealing with steam boilers, boiler fittings, cranes, and compressed-gas cylinders. Mr. Haas was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919 and transferred to Membership in 1923. His death occurred in London on 25th September 1950. G. Stevenson Taylor, O.B.E., Wh.Ex., M.I.Mech.E. "


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