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Charles Smith (1843-1909)

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Charles Smith (1843-1909)

1910 Obituary [1]

CHARLES SMITH, born on the 20th March, 1843, near Chesterfield, died suddenly in Yucatan, Mexico, on the 27th May, 1909.

The mining branch of the profession claimed the greater part of his professional career, 10 years being passed in the service of the Barrow Haematite Iron and Steel Company, inspecting and reporting upon mines in Great Britain and on the Continent, 6 years in Brazil, and the last 20 years of his life on similar business in various other parts of the world.

Mr. Smith was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 6th April, 1875.

1910 Obituary [2]

CHARLES SMITH died on May 27, 1910. He was born at Duckmanton Lodge, near Chesterfield, March 20, 1843, and was the youngest son of Benjamin Smith, and brother of Josiah Timmis Smith, who was President of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1874. He was seventh in descent from Henry Smith, whose name is in the Charter of Incorporation of the Cutlers' Company, Sheffield, in 1624. His grandfather, Joseph Fletcher Smith, was Master Cutler in 1797, his great-great-grandfather, John Smith, in 1722. The family first owned blast-furnaces in 1740.

Charles Smith's first work, from 1864 onwards, was in the iron mines in Devonshire. From 1871 to 1880 he was engaged with the Barrow Haematite Iron and Steel Company, going many journeys for them to report on mines in Great Britain and various parts of Europe — Sweden, Russia, France, Spain, and Germany.

From 1883 to 1889 he was engaged with mines in Brazil, and on his return to England lived near London for the last twenty years of his life, first at Harpenden, and since 1905 at Englefield Green. During these years he had many professional journeys; was twice in Central America—in Costa Rica in 1895, and in Nicaragua in 1897. He went also to Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Turkey, and the Caucasus.

In 1874 he was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers; in 1875 a Fellow of the Geological Society of London; and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1877.

In 1874 he was also elected Member of the Iron and Steel Institute, and in that year contributed two papers to the Journal—the first read in London on May 8, "On the Distribution of Spathic Iron Ore, or Siderite," and the second, "On the Iron Ores of Sweden," read at the meeting in Barrow in September; and subsequently wrote papers for local societies on Boulder Clay Deposits and Charcoal Iron.

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