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Patrick William Rolleston

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Patrick William Rolleston (c1903-1947), Director and Vice-President of Aluminium Laboratories


1947 Obituary [1]

At the time of his death, at the early age of 44, on 9 September 1947, Mr. Patrick Rolleston was a Director and Vice-President of Aluminium Laboratories, Ltd., and was in charge of the organization of that Company in England.

He graduated from Oxford University, obtaining his B.A. with first-class honours in mathematics and Engineering, in 1924. He was Vice-President of the Aluminium Development Association and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of that Association, served on the Council of the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, and was a member of the Institute of Metals since 1932, the American Society for Metals, and the American Society for Testing Materials.

Before joining the Aluminium Limited group of companies, of which Aluminium Laboratories, Ltd., is a member, he was with the British Thomson—Houston Company, Ltd., England.

In September 1930 he joined the Aluminum Company of Canada, Ltd., and spent three years in charge of technical control at their Shawinigan Falls plant and one year at their Toronto plant.

He came to England in 1935 and for two years worked as sales engineer with the Northern Aluminium Company, Ltd.

In 1937 he joined Aluminium Laboratories, Ltd., and was put in charge of their patent and legal department in Montreal.

In 1941 his services were loaned to the British Air Commission, New York, where he worked as chief of the Light Metals Section, and in 1943 he was appointed Director of Materials Supply. During the war he visited England on several occasions for consultations with the Ministry of Aircraft Production. He was particularly interested in international relations, as was evidenced by his membership of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.

In 1944, Mr. Rolleston was appointed Vice-President and Director of Aluminium Laboratories, Ltd., returning to England in 1945 to re-open the Research and Development Laboratories at Southam Road, Banbury. H. C. THOMAS.



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