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Ernest Henry Hermann Hassler

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Ernest Henry Hermann Hassler (1882-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"ERNEST HENRY HERMANN HASSLER, who was born in Switzerland in 1882, received his general education at Basel Grammar School.

His technical training (which extended over fourteen years, from 1898 to 1912) was obtained at the Basel School of Technology, the Technikum Winterthur, where he took a diploma course in mechanical engineering, and at Owens College, Manchester. After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Aemmer and Company, engineers and ironfounders, from 1878 to 1902, he gained further experience in the erecting shops of the Swiss Locomotive Works at Winterthur.

Coming to England in 1905 he was for a brief period in the drawing office of Messrs. Hans Renold, Ltd., Manchester, and from 1906 to 1914 was similarly employed at the Trafford Park works of the British Westinghouse Company, Ltd., and rose to be senior draughtsman on large electric machines. He then returned to his native country for his military training, which included service at the Jura fortifications and work on artillery roads. After which he rejoined the British Westinghouse Company and was made leading man on war orders, which included rotaries and submarine work.

He then filled several temporary positions, amongst them that of engineer draughtsman at the Chatsworth Mills, Gorton, before taking up his final appointment as chief draughtsman and designer to the English Electric Company, Ltd. In this capacity he was especially concerned with the design of large electric machines which covered a wide range and included plant for power stations, motors for rolling mills and submarines as well as alternators (both waterwheel and turbo-alternators). In connection with the above he had several patents to his credit. Mr. Hassler, whose death occurred on 29th November 1950 at the age of sixty-eight, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1929."

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