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Julian Kennedy

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Julian Kennedy (1852-1932)

1932 Obituary [1]

JULIAN KENNEDY died unexpectedly at Pittsburgh on May 28, 1932.

He was born in 1852 at Poland, Mahoning County, O., and was educated at the Sheffield Scientific School, Yale University, where he later became an instructor in physics.

In 1877 he was made superintendent of the Brier Hill Iron Co.'s blast-furnaces at Youngstown. Later he was associated with the Morse Bridge Works, Youngstown, and from 1879 to 1883 he was blast-furnace superintendent of the Edgar Thomson steelworks, Carnegie Steel Co., Pittsburgh.

He then became superintendent of the Lucy furnaces at Pittsburgh; in 1885 he was made general superintendent of the Homestead steelworks, and in 1888 he took the position of chief engineer to the Latrobe Steel Works.

In 1888 he had erected, at the Homestead works of Carnegie, Phipps & Co., Ltd., the first commercial basic open-hearth steel furnace to be built in the United States.

Since 1890 Mr. Kennedy had been engaged as a general consulting engineer. He was concerned with the design and construction of the steelworks and blast-furnaces of the Tata Iron and Steel Works, Sakchi, India, and of the Nicopol-Maripol Mining and Metallurgical Co., Sartana, Russia.

Mr. Kennedy was a member of the American Iron and Steel Institute and of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers; he joined the (British) Iron and Steel Institute in 1895.

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