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Edmund Graham Clark

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Edmund Graham Clark (c1890-1954), secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Career:

  • 1902-07 Felsted School.
  • 1907-10 Armstrong College, Newcastle-on-Tyne (B.Sc. Dunelm).
  • Apprenticeship, Ernest Scott & Mountain, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Gateshead.
  • 1910-14 Pupil to J. Mitchell Moncrieff, Esq., M.Inst.C.E., Consulting Engr. Newcastle-on-Tyne, subsequently serving with him as Engineering Assistant.
  • 1914-19, with 50th (Northumbrian Div.) as Territorial Officer, most of the time in France.
  • 1919, Chief Technical Assistant, Institute of Civil Engineers, serving as Secretary on numerous Technical Committees, later becoming Chief Assistant.
  • 1937 for some time Acting Secretary, and appointed Secretary.

1954 Obituary [1]

WE regret to record the death of Edmund Graham Clark, C.B.E., M.C., M.Sc., M.I.C.E., which occurred on April 23rd after a short illness.

Mr. Graham Clark had been secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers since 1937, and was sixty-four years of age; he was due to retire from his post as the Institution's secretary in August.

Mr. Graham Clark was educated at Felsted School and Durham University, where he obtained his degree in engineering in 1910.

He then served a pupilage with the consulting engineer, J. Mitchell Moncrieff, to whom he later became an engineering assistant, gaining experience on various works on the River Tyne during this period.

In 1914 he joined the staff of the Institution of Civil Engineers as a technical and editorial assistant, and in the same year he was elected to Associate Membership of the Institution.

On the outbreak of the first world war, as a territorial officer Mr. Graham Clark was mobilised in August, 1914, and saw active service in France and Belgium, with the 50th (Northumbrian) Division. He had become a staff captain before he was demobilised in 1919.

After demobilisation he rejoined the staff of the Institution as chief technical assistant and spent the rest of his career serving in various capacities on the Institution's staff. In 1933 he became chief assistant, and early in 1937 was appointed acting secretary, being confirmed in the post of secretary at the end of that year, in succession to Dr. H. H. Jeffcott.

During the period when he was chief technical assistant he acted as secretary to a number of technical committees, amongst the most important of which were the committee reporting on the tabulation of the results of heat engine trials, the committee on engineering quantities, and the committee on floods in relation to reservoir practice.

During his secretaryship of the Institution of Civil Engineers Mr. Graham Clark played a leading part in furthering the intimate relationship which now exists between the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Institution of Electrical Engineers. Subsequently he was active in the work of encouraging co-operation between the principal national engineering societies in the Commonwealth and in Western Europe and the United States of America. This work has resulted in the creation of the Conference of Engineering Institutions of the British Commonwealth and the Conference of Representatives from the Engineering Societies of Western Europe and the United States of America, to consider matters of common interest between the engineering societies and institutions of those various countries.

Mr. Graham Clark became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1938, and was created a C.B.E. in the New Year Honours of 1948. In 1953 he was awarded an honorary M.Sc. degree by Durham University.


1954 Obituary [2]



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