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Peter Scott Caldwell

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Dr. Peter Scott Caldwell (c1876-1964)

1965 Obituary [1]

Dr Peter Scott Caldwell, Ph.D. (Member), a past Hon. Secretary of the Scottish Branch from 1932 to 1947, died on the 25th October 1964, at the age of 88.

He served an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering from 1892 to 1896 and attended day classes at the Royal Technical College, now the University of Strathclyde. After a further spell in industry he joined the staff of the Royal Technical College in 1903. He remained there until the outbreak of the 1914-18 war, when he was appointed Superintendent of Munitions and Shell Shops at Mavor and Coulson, Glasgow, and Swan Hunter, Newcastle.

He later joined the Royal Navy and served in minesweepers.

After he was demobilized in April 1919 he spent two years in industry as Works Manager with Weldless Chains Limited and Gartsherrie Engineering Company before returning to the Royal Technical College as a lecturer in 1921. He remained there until after the 1939-45 war but in his retirement he continued to take an active interest in engineering education and taught engineering at Stow College, Glasgow, until last year.

He served the Institution well during his fifteen years as Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Branch and many engineers and former students of the Royal Technical College will remember with deep affection his many kindnesses, the assistance and advice he gave, and the concern he showed for their well-being.

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