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Alfred Edgar Longworth

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Alfred Edgar Longworth (c1878-1934)


1934 Obituary [1]

ALFRED EDGAR LONGWORTH spent practically the whole of his professional career in India, where he was in charge of various foundries and general engineering firms, and was responsible for the design and execution of such varied work as stern-wheel steamers, steel barges and motor boats, marine engines, and steel constructional work. He also designed and patented a highly successful sugar cane crusher, and afterwards sold the patent to Messrs. Turner, Morrison and Company, Bombay, for whom he was working at the time.

Mr. Longworth was born at Cheltenham and received his technical education in the engineering department at the University College, Sheffield.

In 1895 he began an apprenticeship with Messrs. Marshall, Sons and Company, Gainsborough, which terminated in 1900, after which he was engaged for about two years in the drawing office of the firm.

He then became assistant engineer and draughtsman at the Rangoon Foundry, Burma, later known as the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, for whom he was employed on structural work.

He joined Messrs. Burn and Company, Howrah, India, in 1906, as chief draughtsman, and was later promoted to be manager of the mechanical engineering department.

In 1914 he was appointed assistant manager of the Defence Works, at Bombay, of Messrs. Alcock, Ashdown and Company, a subsidiary company of Messrs. Turner, Morrison and Company, and in 1917 became works manager.

He retired from engineering work in 1921 and returned to England.

His death occurred in his fifty-seventh year, on 24th March 1934.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1905.

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  1. 1934 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries