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Adolph Swain While

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Adolph Swain While ( -1915)

1915 Obituary [1]

ADOLPH SWAIN WHILE died at Hughesovka, Russia, on November 21, 1914. He was born at Rhymney in 1850, and passed his early youth in practical training in South Wales. As a young man he went to Russia, where he resided for nearly forty years, during a period which was practically correlative with that of the development of the iron and steel industry of that country, then in its infancy.

He spent ten years in the interior of Russia, at Briansk, in the government of Kaluga, and at Nijni-Novgorod.

It was, however, chiefly in connection with the development of the New Russia Company that his activities were exercised, and at these works he had the experience of rolling the first rails made in the Empire from Russian ore. The latter twenty years of his life were spent at the works, which have become the centre of the rapidly developed metallurgical district of the Donetz basin. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1883.

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