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George Uzziah Wheeler

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George Uzziah Wheeler (1868-1903)


1903 Obituary [1]

GEORGE UZZIAH WHEELER was born in Chiswick, London, on 25th February 1868.

After being educated at Ealing, he served his time from 1884 to 1889 in the workshops and office of Messrs. R. Warner and Co., Walton and London. During this period he also studied at King's College and the Birkbeck Institute, London, and gained a Whitworth Scholarship in 1888.

Shortly after completing his time he was engaged as a draughtsman in the office of Messrs. James Simpson and Co., of Grosvenor Road, London, until 1891 when he obtained a similar position at the Thames Iron Works and Shipbuilding Co., where he remained until 1895. During that time he was engaged on the design and erection at Crossness of the sewage pumping machinery for the Southern Outfall Main Drainage.

He was next engaged in the drawing office of Messrs. Tangyes, of Birmingham, taking a leading part in the design of waterworks pumping machinery, triple expansion engines, etc. In 1899 he was compelled, by failing health, to relinquish active professional work, and in the autumn of 1902 went to South Africa in the hope of benefiting by the change of climate.

He died at Cape Town on 5th January 1903, in his thirty-fifth year. At one time he was a contributor to the technical papers, and during the latter part of his illness was engaged on re-writing a series of articles for bringing out in book form.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1899.


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