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Benjamin Cock

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Benjamin Cock (c1868-1942)


1943 Obituary [1]

BENJAMIN COCK, whose death in his seventy-fourth year occurred at Camborne, on 31st March 1942, was identified with Cornwall during the whole of his career and will be remembered for his services in the cause of technical education and particularly for his representation of the Institution since 1933 on the Board of the School of Metalliferous Mining, where he received his technical training from 1882 to 1888.

In the former year he began to serve his apprenticeship with Messrs.Holman Brothers, manufacturers of mining and pneumatic plant, Camborne, and thus began an association which lasted almost exactly sixty years. On the completion of his apprenticeship he was made machine shop foreman, and seven years later his appointment followed as designer and works manager, a position which he retained for the remainder of his career, a period amounting to no less than forty years. While holding this position Mr. Cock was successful in obtaining the first and second places for his design of rock drills in the competition organized by the Government and Mining Companies of South Africa. He also won the diploma and medal for rock drill design at the Paris Exhibition of 1900.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1911.


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  1. 1943 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries