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Cecil Leonard Cartwright

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Professor Cecil Leonard Cartwright (1877-1926)


1926 Obituary [1]

CECIL LEONARD CARTWRIGHT was born at Braintree, Essex, on 12th March 1877, and received his early education at Rochester King's School and King's College School, London. He then went to King's College, London, for a three years' engineering course, and remained at the College as a student demonstrator for a further year.

In 1898 he served an apprenticeship with Messrs. James Simpson and Co. of Pimlico.

Two years later he went to Pittsburg, U.S.A., where he underwent a special course of training in both the works and offices of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. in order to obtain experience of American practice.

He returned to England in April 1902, and was engaged for two years in the commercial side of the business of the British Westinghouse Co. at Trafford Park, Manchester.

In 1904 he was appointed chief assistant to Messrs. Kirkland and Capper, Consulting Engineers, Westminster, and was engaged in developing patents in connexion with ignition batteries and hydraulic clutches.

In the summer of 1907 he received the appointment of Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering, Madras, and at the time of his death on 18th April 1926, was Principal of the College.

During his leave in England he was for some time placed on special duty in the office of the Director General of Stores, London, in connexion with the selection of machinery for equipment of the various Laboratories and the Electric Power Station of the College of Engineering newly constructed at Guindy.

Professor Cartwright gave fresh life to the study of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Southern India and used his influence with the railway authorities and heads of engineering firms in appointing Indian engineers to responsible posts.

He was an Associate of King's College and an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1907.


1926 Obituary [2]

CECIL LEONARD CARTWRIGHT was born at Braintree, Essex, in 1877.

He completed his education at King's College, London, and then went for some years to the Westinghouse Co. in Pittsburgh, U.S.A.

In 1907 he was appointed Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras.

In 1920-21 he served as Acting Principal of the College, and was appointed Principal in 1922. He died at Great Bardfield, Essex, on the 18th April, 1926.

He joined the Institution as an Associate Member in 1912 and became a Member in 1914.


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