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Thomas Webster (1810-1875), QC., Secretary for several years to the Institution of Civil Engineers

Born 10th October 1810, eldest Son of Rev. Thomas Webster, Vicar of Oakhampton, Cambridge.

1837 Appointed secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers

1847 Appointed as Her Majesty's Counsel and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[1]

1875 Died in June.

1875 Obituary [2]

WE regret to announce the death of Mr. Webster, which occurred quite suddenly on Thursday evening, the 3rd inst. The learned gentleman was in the Court of Chancery in the afternoon of that day, being retained in the patent case, Clarke v. Adie. He complained of slight indisposition, and shortly after arriving home, he got up to leave the room and fell dead in the arms of his servant.

He was the eldest son of the Rev. Thomas Webster, vicar of Oakington, in the county of Cambridge, and was born on the 16th of October, 1810, so that at the time of his death he was in his sixty-fifth year. He was educated at the Charterhouse, whence he proceeded to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated as fourteenth wrangler in the year 1832.

Mr. Webster was a man of very considerable scientific attainments, and in 1835, whilst still a young man at college, he published his "Principles of Hydrostatics," which went through three editions, and was at one time used as a class book at Cambridge. In 1836 he brought out "A Theory of the Equilibrium and Motion of Fluids," and in the same year he contributed a paper to the Transaction of the Institution of Civil Engineers, "On the changes of Temperature consequent on any change in the Density of Elastic Fluids considered especially in reference to Steam"....[more]

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