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Arthur Bramley

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Arthur Bramley (c1879-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

Dr. ARTHUR BRAMLEY died on July 19, 1935, at the age of fifty-six.

He had to leave school early and served a full apprenticeship to the hosiery trade. However, he became an evening student of Halifax Technical College and in 1904 obtained a staff appointment there.

In 1906 a national scholarship took him to the Royal College of Science, where he graduated, carried out research work, and finally became private research assistant to Professor J. C. Philip. His researches included studies of the physico-chemical properties of solutions and ionic complexes, and an investigation of the physical properties of binary liquid mixtures, for which work he was awarded the degree of D.Sc.

Dr. Bramley subsequently served on the scientific staff of the British Dyestuffs Corporation at Huddersfield, where he remained until he was appointed to take charge of the Department of Pure and Applied Science, Loughborough College, in 1918. While at Loughborough he undertook a long series of researches on the diffusion of non-metallic elements into iron and steel, and was able to show that the mechanism of this diffusion follows the normal physico-chemical course. For these researches he was awarded the Carnegie Gold Medal in 1929.

An enthusiastic teacher and brilliant research worker, he had been a member of the Iron and Steel Institute since 1922, and had been responsible for numerous papers published in The Carnegie Scholarship Memoirs during the years 1926 to 1929.

1935 Obituary [2]

DR. ARTHUR BRAMLEY, A.R.C.S., F.I.C., died at Loughborough, Leicestershire, on July 19, 1935, aged 56 years.

Born at Elland, Yorkshire, his early years were spent in the textile trade, but after some years at Halifax Municipal Technical College he proceeded as a National Scholar to the Royal College of Science in 1906, taking the Associateship of the College in Chemistry and the London B.Sc. in 1909.

He acted as private research assistant to Professor J. C. Philip until 1916, when he obtained the degree of D.Sc. of London University in Physical Chemistry.

Mr. Bramley was associated for some time with British Dyes, Limited, at Huddersfield, but in 1919 became the Head of the Department of Chemical Technology at Loughborough. There his original research, and that of his students, on the gaseous cementation of iron and steel has become well known and recognized by those competent to assess its great value and possibilities.

Mr. Bramley was elected a member of the Institute of Metals on December 30, 1921.

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