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Ernest Edwin Woods

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Ernest Edwin Woods (1868-1944)

1946 Obituary [1]

ERNEST EDWIN WOODS was engaged for practically the whole of his professional career in India. He was born in Bombay in 1868 and served his apprenticeship from 1881 to 1885 with Messrs. Richardson and Cruddas, engineers, and concurrently attended classes at the Engineering and Nautical Academy. After two years' experience as an erector in the locomotive shops of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway in Bombay, he went to sea, rising to be second engineer and obtaining his Board of Trade First-Class Engineer's Certificate.

From 1892 to 1904 he was employed by various textile concerns in India as an erector of engines and boilers with the entire charge of plant. He then returned to Messrs. Richardson and Cruddas and subsequently was placed in charge of cotton and oil mills in Burma. Eighteen months later he entered the service of the Government of India as an inspector of steam boilers and prime movers. After holding this position for eight years he began to practice as a consulting engineer in Bombay and continued in that work until his retirement in 1934.

Mr. Woods, whose death occurred on 6th March 1944, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1915 and was transferred to Membership in 1920. He was sometime Member of the Legislative Council of the Presidency of Bombay.

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