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Walter Hewson

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Walter Hewson (1869-1925)


1925 Obituary [1]

WALTER HEWSON was born on 18th April 1869, and acquired his early education at schools in Alford and Gainsborough, Lincs.

He served his apprenticeship from 1883 to 1889 with Messrs. Marshall, Sons and Co., Gainsborough, and during his term studied at the local science classes.

After completing his indentures he spent nearly three years as an assistant draughtsman with Messrs. R. Hornsby and Sons, Grantham, and during that period he continued his studies by attending classes at Grantham and at the University College, Nottingham, gaining various honours and distinctions.

In 1892 he became a student at the Royal College of Science, London, where he obtained the diploma in Physics and was first-class in all stages of Mathematics.

The next two years he spent as a student-demonstrator in Physics at the College, and during the same period pursued his studies in other lines by attendance at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Birkbeck Institute.

He was then appointed, in 1897, a Lecturer in the Municipal Technical School, Birmingham, a post which gave place in the following year to an appointment as Lecturer in the Central Technical College, London, now the City and Guilds (Engineering) College.

He then became Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Motive Power, and this position he held up to the time of his death, which occurred on 8th December 1925.

Mr. Hewson joined this Institution as an Associate Member in 1922.

In the University of London he held the position of Recognized Teacher in Mechanical Engineering and acted as Secretary of the Faculty of Engineering. He was also Chairman of Board I of Examiners for the B.Sc. (Engineering) Degree, a distinction he himself held.



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