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George Alexander Wedgwood

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George Alexander Wedgwood (c1888-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

GEORGE ALEXANDER WEDGWOOD, M.SC., Wh.Sc., was identified with technical education during the whole of his professional career, and for twenty-five years had occupied the position of reader in mechanical engineering at the East London College of London University. After receiving his general education at Wesley College, Dublin, and Foyle College, Londonderry, he began a course of technical training (which extended over a period of eleven years, from 1904 to 1915) at the Municipal Technical Institute, Belfast, where he studied with distinction, winning a major scholarship, a Whitworth Exhibition, and finally in 1913 a Whitworth Scholarship. He graduated B.Sc. in engineering in 1912, and obtained his M.Sc. degree three years later.

His apprenticeship was served between 1904 and 1912 with various firms in Belfast. In 1915 he became an engineer lieutenant in the Royal Navy and was instructor in marine engineering at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth until 1919, when he began his connection with the East London College by his appointment as senior demonstrator and lecturer in the civil and mechanical engineering department. Six years later he became assistant to Professor E. H. Lamb, M.I.Mech.E., to whom he was directly responsible for lectures and tutorial work. Since 1928 he had, in addition, the charge of the mechanical laboratory and was further responsible for the organization of the civil and mechanical engineering department. He also conducted technical researches and was the author of a paper published in the proceedings of the Physical Society, of which body he was a Fellow.

Mr. Wedgwood, whose death occurred on 17th March 1944, in his fifty-sixth year, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1928 and was transferred to Membership in 1934.

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