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Edwin Frank Palmer

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Edwin Frank Palmer (c1888-1948)

1950 Obituary [1]

"EDWIN FRANK PALMER had considerable experience as a teacher of engineering. He was educated at the School of Engineering and Navigation, Poplar, and at the East London College of London University, where he took honours in machine design, for which subject he also obtained the King's Prize.

In addition he gained distinction in mechanical engineering at the City and Guilds of London College. He found his first employment as a junior draughtsman with Messrs. Korting Brothers, heating and ventilating engineers, Westminster, with whom he remained for four years. After acting in a similar capacity for a brief period for the Magnolia Metal Co, London, he began his career as a teacher in 1909 with the post of assistant and demonstrator at the School of Engineering, Poplar.

In 1914, however, he enlisted in the Royal Naval Division and served at Gallipoli and in France. Later he was transferred to an electrical and mechanical company of the Royal Engineers and was placed in charge of the drawing office and machinery records. In addition he trained a large number of men for duty as engine drivers in the field, and for these services he was mentioned in despatches. After the war he resumed his duties at Poplar, and was transferred to the Paddington Technical Institute in 1940, where he became acting head of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1948. His death occurred on 14th November 1948 at the age of sixty. Mr. Palmer had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1921."

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