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Charles Edward Handy

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Charles Edward Handy (1876-1918)

1918 Obituary [1]

CHARLES EDWARD HANDY was born on 9th October 1876, and was educated at the Royal Dockyard School, and the Municipal Technical Schools, Devonport, after which he studied at the Royal College of Science, London, from 1896 to 1899.

During his technical training at Devonport he served an apprenticeship of five years under the Admiralty at Devonport Dockyard.

He acted as assistant for one year in the drawing-office of the Royal College of Science during 1899-1900, and obtained the Senior Whitworth Scholarship in 1901.

In April 1900 he became lecturer in Engineering at the Plymouth Technical School, and in 1902 was appointed Head of the Engineering Department of the Harris Institute at Preston.

Five years later he became Head of the Engineering Department of the Municipal College, Portsmouth, and held this post until 1913 when he was appointed Principal of the Elswick Institute, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

A year later he was appointed Principal of Darlington Technical College, and held this position until his death, which took place suddenly on 4th May 1918, in his forty-second year.

In his capacity as a Member of Council of the Association of Technical Teachers, he had much to do with the framing of the Education Bill brought before Parliament by Dr. H. A. L. Fisher, M.P., President of the Board of Education.

Mr. Handy was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1903.

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