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Charles Weston Smith

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Charles Weston Smith ( -1911)

1911 Obituary [1]

CHARLES WESTON SMITH died at his residence at Edgbaston on May 14. His long training and wide experience dated from the time when, first as pupil, then as assistant, to Dr. C. W. Siemens, afterwards Sir William Siemens, at Landore he bore his share in the early experiments and developments of the process of steel-making with which that distinguished inventor's name is linked.

When the Landore Works, the birthplace of the Siemens steel-making process, were closed, after the death of Sir William Siemens, Mr. Weston Smith entered the service of Sir A. M. Rendel (now Rendel & Robertson) as a member of the inspecting staff, in which capacity his great knowledge and experience were invaluable. He was at one time keenly interested in the use of steel for armour-plates, and though unfortunately he was never able to find time to contribute much to the literature of iron and steel, he wrote various papers embodying his theory of the proper composition of armour-plates, which were read before the United Service Institution and published in the magazine of that Society.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1881.

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