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E. O. Forster Brown

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Edward Otto Forster Brown (c1882-1941)


1941 Obituary [1]

"Mining Engineers, not only in this country, but also in many parts of tho world, will learn with deep regret of the death, on Thursday, May 22nd, at Fountain House, Park Lane, of Mr. Edward Otto Forster Brown, the President of the Institution of Mining Engineers. Mr. Brown, who lived at 14, Chester Square, and "Holbrook," Chislehurst, was fifty-nine years of age. He was in good health until recently, but following a chill broke a blood vessel and died after a short illness.

He was a well-known mining engineer with a wide experience and a high reputation, not only in this country, but also in South America, North America, Mexico and the Far East. After serving his apprenticeship he practised for some years as a consulting engineer in Mexico, and on his return to England was extensively engaged on mining engineering consulting work in London, specialising in coal and iron ore mining.

In 1923 he was awarded the Telford Gold Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In 1926, a assisting the late Dr. Haldano, who represented the Institution of Mining Engineers, he gave evidence before the Samuel Commission. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Safety in Coal Mines in 1937.

Forster Brown was known intimately in all the British coalfields and was an authority on the Kent coalfield, in which he served as Chairman of the District Mining Board. He was for some time a Governor of the Imperial College of Science and Technology and a member of the Board of the Geological Survey of Great Britain. His death at a comparatively early age will be deeply mourned by his many friend and his colleagues in the' Institution of Mining Engineers;. He was elected President of the Institution in 1939 and served in that office up till the time of his death. He rendered valuable service to the Institution, not only a its President, but in the many consultations with the Mines and other Government Departments."


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