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C. J. Dadswell

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Dr. C. J. Dadswell ( -1963)

1963 Obituary [1]

Dr C. J. Dadswell, Ph.D., B.Sc. (Member of Council), who died on 1st February, was educated at the Technical College, Brighton, and University College, London, where he obtained a first class honours degree. He then gained practical and research experience in the Railway Workshops at Wolverton and, subsequently, he was awarded a Ph.D.

He joined Cammell Laird and Co. Ltd of Sheffield in 1928 and four years later he won a Robert Blair travelling fellowship which enabled him to attend L'Ecole Superieure de Fonderie in Paris. He became the first British subject to win the School's coveted Foundry Medal.

On his return to Britain, Dr Dadswell was appointed Foundry Manager of the English Steel Corporation's foundry at Grimsthorpe, a position he held for seven years.

During the 1939-45 war he was concerned with armoured fighting vehicles and, in 1942, he was Chairman of the British Armour Mission to the U.S.A. and Canada.

When he returned to the Corporation in 1945 Dr Dadswell was made a Special Director and a year later he was appointed a Director.

He made outstanding contributions to foundry technology and also to the reorganization of the industry after 1945. He was an active member of many technical and scientific societies and, at the time of his death, he was Vice-Chairman of the British Steel Castings Research Association.

He became a member of this Institution in 1944 and was first elected to Council in 1956. He was serving for his third term of office when he died.

Dr Dadswell was tireless in his work for this Institution to which he brought the same refreshing enthusiasm, drive and encouragement which he gave to all he did. His friends and colleagues in every field mourn the loss of an outstanding personality.

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