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Donald Bright Hoseason

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Donald Bright Hoseason (c1899-1948)


1948 Obituary [1]

"As the result of a motor accident the death occurred in the Royal Berkshire Hospital on Friday, July 16th, of Mr. Donald Bright Hoseason, Director of Studies at the Administrative Staff College, Henley-on-Thames, and a Vice-President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

Mr. Hoseason was born at Leek, in Staffordshire, in 1899, and he received his education at Bordon Grammar School, and his technical instruction at Sheerness Technical Institute, and the Manchester College of Technology. In 1915 he was apprenticed to the British Westinghouse Electrical and Manufacturing Company, Ltd., of Trafford Park, Manchester, and during the years 1915 to 1922 he also carried on his studies in Manchester, gaining in 1920 the associateship of the College, and two years later success in the final City and Guilds Examinations....Read more "


1949 Obituary [2]

"DONALD BRIGHT HOSEASON, whose death occurred on 16th July 1948, as the result of a motor accident, at the age of forty nine, was Director of Studies at the Administrative Staff College, Henley-on-Thames.

He was born at Leek, in Staffordshire, and received his general education at Borden Grammar School, Kent. His technical training was obtained at the Sheerness Technical Institute and at the Manchester Municipal College of Technology, where he gained an Associateship of the College. He began, in 1915, to serve an apprenticeship with the British Westinghouse Electrical and Manufacturing Company, Ltd., of Manchester, which was, however, interrupted by two years' service in H.M. Forces.

On demobilization he returned to the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, as the firm had then become, and by successive stages rose from the position of designer to that of engineer in charge of development. In 1928 he was appointed chief engineer of the motor department with the charge of the drawing office, and his work included the introduction of improvements in cooling which allowed great reductions in weight and cost, thus enabling a considerable advance in British design to be made.

He joined the board of the Brush Electrical Engineering Company, Ltd., of Lough borough, in 1940, and five years later was appointed assistant managing director. This position he relinquished in April 1947 on his selection as the first Director of Studies at the Administrative Staff College. Mr. Hoseason's wide knowledge and industrial experience enabled him during his brief tenure of this post to make a decisive contribution to the development of new methods required by the College and to the success of the first session. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1932 and was transferred to Membership in 1940. In addition he was a Vice-President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, who awarded him the John Hopkinson and Willans Premiums for papers which he presented; one in particular being "The Cooling of Generators and Motors"


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