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Ewart Henry Wells

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Ewart Henry Wells (1898-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"Dr. EWART HENRY WELLS was born at Manchester in 1898. He was educated at the George Dixon Secondary School, Birmingham, from 1908 to 1915 and Birmingham University from 1915 to 1922. He spent two years, from 1917 to 1919, in the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Air Force, and in 1920 he took the B.Sc.(Eng.) degree with honours.

He took the M.Sc.(Eng.) degree in 1921, and his doctor's degree in the following year. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. George Finney and Company, Birmingham, in 1915, with Messrs. Edgar Allen and Company, Ltd., Sheffield, in 1916, and with the British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, Ltd., Manchester, in 1919. From 1922 to 1925 he was employed at the steel and iron ingot works of Alfred Hickman, Ltd., Bilston, Staffs. Here he collaborated in the erection of a continuous strip rolling mill, and on its completion he became mill superintendent and engineer. In 1925 he was appointed assistant works engineer to Courtaulds, Ltd., Coventry, where he remained until his death on 5th October 1939.

During this period he was responsible for the installation of new water-tube boilers in many of the works of this firm and its associated companies, as well as the supervision of repair work, the installation of new plant and machinery, and the devising of plant for experimental purposes. At the time of his death he was engaged in equipping a factory for the production of a type of rayon which had not been manufactured in this country before. He was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1922 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1928."

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