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Edward Richards

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Edward Richards(1845-1910) of Walter Scott. Mining Manager and Metallurgist.

Born in Carmarthen and educated at the Royal School of Mines.

Became Manager of Barrow Hematite Steel Co, where he remained for 14 years.

Became General Works Manager of the firm of Walter Scott, Leeds Steel Works, Leeds. [1]

1893 Patent with William Steains Vaughan and William Martin Scott on improvement in construction of girders.

1910 Obituary [2]

EDWARD RICHARDS died on January 19, 1910, at his residence, Middleton Grange, near Leeds. He was born in Carmarthen in 1845.

His early years were spent at the Royal School of Mines, where he gained a scholarship. He was in course of time appointed manager of the steel-making departments of the Barrow Haematite Steelworks, where he remained during fourteen years.

He left Barrow in 1889 to take up the management of the Leeds Steelworks of Walter Scott, Ltd., a position which he held until his death. His ability as a manager and as a metallurgist was of a very high standard. Under his direction the Leeds Steelworks has almost doubled its capacity. He took great interest in the proceedings of the Engineering Standards Committee, and was a member of the Sub-Committee on Train Rails.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1896, but he prepared and read a paper before the Institute in 1882 on "Certain Physical Tests and Properties of Mild Steel."

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