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Arthur Hugh Goldingham

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Arthur Hugh Goldingham (1868-1944)


1946 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR HUGH GOLDINGHAM, whose death occurred at Redhill on 13th August 1944, was one of the pioneers in the early days of the internal combustion engine, both in this country and the U.S.A., where he spent fully thirty years of his professional career.

He was born in 1868, and after two years' technical training with Messrs. Richard Hornsby and Sons, at Grantham, was sent by the firm to the De la Vergne Machine Company, of New York, to supervise the construction under licence of Hornsby-Akroyd engines, and for ten years was chief engineer to the company. It is noteworthy that the first engine built by Mr. Goldingham is now in the Smithsonian Institute at Washington, where it is shown as a historical exhibit.

From 1905, he acted as sales engineer, although still continuing to be associated with the design and construction of various new and improved types of engines, notably the "F.H.", using blast fuel injection with a vaporizing chamber, which was heated before starting. He resigned his position in 1923 and three years later joined the staff of the Ingersoll-Rand Company, compressed air engineers, London, for whom he was engaged on the design of refrigerating and air compressing plants, the motive power for the latter being derived from an oil engine.

In 1931 he entered the London office of Messrs. Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day, Ltd., as sales engineer, specializing in marine Diesel engines, and continued his connection with the firm, in this work, until his illness and subsequent death in 1944. Mr. Goldingham was the author of numerous books on oil engines, which are widely known in all parts of the world. They included "Design and Construction of oil engines", "The Gas Engine in Principle and Practice" and "Diesel Engines, Marine and Stationary". His last, published quite recently, was entitled "High-Speed Diesel Engines".

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1912.


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  1. 1946 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries