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Philip Norman Sharp

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Philip Norman Sharp (1896-1942)

1943 Obituary [1]

PHILIP NORMAN SHARP, whose death occurred on 2nd June 1942, only a few months after his election to Associate Membership of the Institution, was machine designer to Messrs. Ransomes and Rapier, Ipswich.

He was born in 1896 and educated at the Liverpool Technical School and the Manchester College of Technology. After serving his apprenticeship from 1912 to 1915 with Messrs. William Gamon and Company, at Chester, he enlisted and the following four years were spent on active service with the R.A.S.C. After holding various appointments successively with the engineering firms of Messrs. J. H. Wilson and Company, Birkenhead; Messrs. Royce, Ltd., Trafford Park, Manchester and Messrs. W. J. Jenkins and Company, Retford, he returned for a period of two years to Messrs. Royce as assistant chief draughtsman.

In 1929 he joined Messrs. Ransomes and Rapier. Mr. Sharp was also for some years a lecturer on design and the theory of machines at the Ipswich School of Engineering.

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