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Robert Claud Gibbs

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Robert Claud Gibbs (1895-1949)

1951 Obituary [1]

"Lt.-Cdr. ROBERT CLAUD GIBBS, R.N., was born in 1895, and received his education at the Royal Naval Colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth. After making the training cruise in HMS Cumberland and gaining experience in boiler-room watch-keeping he served afloat for seven years, the last two years of this period being spent as a submarine officer. He retired in 1920 with the rank of lieutenant-commander and took up an appointment as engineer to the Minerals Separation Company, Ltd., London, who three years later selected him to be the chief engineer of their German company in Berlin. In this capacity he was responsible for tests, plant design, and initial operation of flotation plants for the treatment of coal and ores. After holding this position for some years he became sales representative in 1929 for the Dorr-Oliver Company, Ltd., London, with responsibility for the design, layout, and installation of sewage and industrial waste-water treatment works, and the operation of Dorr machines. At the outbreak of war in 1939 he was called up from the reserve of officers and posted to the Admiralty. On demobilization he returned to the Dorr-Oliver Co. Commander Gibbs, whose death occurred on 10th June 1949, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1932."

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