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Arthur William Sclater

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Arthur William Sclater (1865-1921)

1921 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR WILLIAM SCLATER was a son of the late Robert Slater, J.P., F.G.S., and was born in 1865.

Educated at St. Paul's School, he was a pupil of Professors Ayrton and Perry. In his early days he was connected with the Metropolitan Electric Supply Company as assistant engineer, and built up a reputation as a reliable engineer, one of his first considerations being to guard against risk of fire.

He invented and patented many electrical devices for improving the standard of electric lighting work, and was early in the field with electrical arrangements for starting internal combustion engines.

He was consulting engineer to the late London School Board, to the Guardians of Paddington, Croydon, etc., and to many London hospitals.

He was engineer to the Galway Electric Co., and consulting engineer to the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and the Warden and Fellows of Winchester College. He specialized in the electrification of large country estates for lighting, power, etc., and also carried out electrical work at many historical mansions, including the State rooms at Chatsworth, Chequers, Shirburn Castle, Devonshire House, etc.

An indefatigable worker, he carried on during the war and the past few years under great physical difficulties. A master of detail, and endowed with consummate taste, as an expert in an advisory capacity he had few equals. He will live long in the memory of his clients, professional friends and employees, for his ability, fascinating personality, and never failing kindness.

He died on 21st July, 1921, while he was on a business tour in the North.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1886 and a Member in 1898.

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