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Albert Edwin Moore

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Albert Edwin Moore (c1877-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

ALBERT EDWIN MOORE, M.Sc.Tech., who died on the 5th December, 1944, at the age of 67, was educated at Mason's College and the Technical School, Birmingham. In 1900 he was appointed Lecturer and Demonstrator in Electrical Engineering at the Manchester College of Technology (then the Municipal School), where he spent the whole of his working life. When he retired, in August, 1944, he was Senior Lecturer in Meter Engineering and Electrical Measurements to the College of Technology and the University.

From 1902, when the College moved to its present site, he devoted most of his attention to the building up of the instrument and measurement section of the Electrical Department. At first, much of his time was taken up with the care and maintenance of the normal laboratory equipment. Later he developed the precision measurement side of the work, specializing in the checking of commercial energy meters where the opinion of an independent referee was required; in this he gained for the College a well-earned reputation in local industry. He designed and developed the concentric wattmeter for heavy alternating currents; owing to the introduction of the modern magnetic alloys, however, the need for such an instrument became less urgent. In his earlier days he played an active part in the general teaching work of the College, though with the increasing specialization in the various branches of electrical engineering he naturally confined himself more to his own particular subject, on which he read several papers before The Institution, for two of which he was awarded premiums. In later years the passing of the various Electricity Supply Acts brought extensions of his activities over wider fields, but he always maintained the reputation for high accuracy that was characteristic of his work.

During the War of 1914-18 he was a member of the Lancashire Anti-Submarine Committee, for the work of which his experience of accurate measurement particularly suited him. For ten years he was retained as a consultant by Kelvin, Bottomley and Baird. After his retirement he continued to take an interest in all the activities of the College, and the unexpected news of his death was a great shock to those who had known and worked with him.

He joined The Institution as an Associate Member in 1903 and was elected a Member in 1918. From 1932 to 1939 he served on the Committee of the North-Western Centre.

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