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Nicholas Sandor

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Nicholas Sandor (1881-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"NICHOLAS SANDOR was born in Hungary in 1881, and, on leaving the State Real School, continued his education at the Joseph University in Budapest, where he obtained the diploma of engineering in 1901. His practical training was obtained during his university vacations at the Hungarian State Locomotive Factory in Budapest.

He found his first employment in 1904 as an engineer with the Schlick-Nicholson Engineering Co of the same city, and five years later was appointed chief engineer.

During the 1914-18 war he received a commission in the Austro-Hungarian Army and eventually rose to the rank of captain in the Artillery. After acting as managing director of the Sandor Foam Co in Dresden for ten years, he established the firm of Messrs. Soapless Foam, Ltd., to develop his discovery and the application of physical foam for medical purposes.

Since 1933 he had been managing director of Messrs. I.S.M., Ltd., a concern manufacturing and marketing advertising machines. Mr. Sandor had numerous inventions and patents to his credit. They included, besides advertising machines, the "Informograph", "Stillograph", and "Synchrophone". This was originally intended for training fighter pilots but, during the 1939-45 war, its used was extended for training other members of the Forces and factory operatives. In addition, he formed Messrs. Aircraft Accelerators, Ltd., to exploit his invention of machines for catapulting heavy aeroplanes. Mr. Sandor, whose death occurred on 26th April 1950, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1939. "

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