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Charles Harold Champion

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Charles Harold Champion (1886-1950) of Messrs. Charles H. Champion and Company, Ltd.

1951 Obituary [1]

"CHARLES HAROLD CHAMPION was the founder and chairman of Messrs. Charles H. Champion and Company, Ltd. (Ship British Carbons), London, and had been head of the firm for nearly thirty years. He was educated at Eastbourne and Ardingly Colleges and at the Mittweida Technical Institute in Germany. After serving his apprenticeship with the New British Engineering and Langdon Davies Motor Companies, he found employment in 1904 as junior draughtsman to Messrs. Harper Brothers and Company, London, consulting engineers, who subsequently appointed him an assistant inspector. He then filled temporary positions before going in 1910 to the United States where for three years he was chief assistant engineer in the arc lamp department of the Union Electrical Co. In 1913 he was appointed technical manager to the Kandem Electrical Co, New York, in which capacity he carried out the reorganization of the machine shop and branch repair department. Subsequently he became president of this company. After being engaged for some four years as an importer and exporter on his own account of specialized electrical products, he returned, in 1922, to this country and established his business in London, continuing to direct it with great ability until his death, which occurred in Belgium on 30th August 1950 at the age of sixty-four. Mr. Champion had been a Member of the Institution since 1933 and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."

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