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Wilhelm Adolph Worsoe

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Wilhelm Adolph Worsoe (1857-1893)

1894 Obituary [1]

WILHELM ADOLPH WORSOE, son of Mr. Claus Worsoe of Bergen, was born at Trondhjem, Norway, on the 27th of March, 1857.

He was educated at the Trondhjem Realskole, and subsequently at the Technological Institution in that city at which he graduated with honours in the summer of 1877.

For the three following years he was engaged under government on the construction first, of high roads in the north of Norway, and subsequently of the Bergen-Vos Railway.

In order to improve his knowledge of bridge-construction, he then studied for some months at the Polytechnic at Zurich, after which he was engaged for a time on railway surveys in the department of the Loire Inferieure for the Administration des Ponts et Chaussees.

During the greater part of 1882 and 1883 he was in the service of the engineering firm of C. Zschokke, of Paris, having at first charge of the drawing-office and subsequently acting as an assistant on the construction of harbour works at Fecamp.

Ill health then compelled Mr. Worsoe to give up work for a time and return home, where he remained until the autumn of 1884, when he obtained an appointment on the Buenos Ayres and Rosario Railway under the late Mr. Thomas Charles Clarke.

On arriving in Argentina he was engaged on the survey and subsequently on the construction of the extension from Rosario to Sunchales, a distance of l50 miles.

On the completion of that line he was occupied from September, 1887, to April, 1889, on survey work for the Santa Fe and Cordova Great Southern Railway. He then returned to the Buenos Ayres and Rosario Railway as sectional engineer at Rosario.

For some years Mr. Worsoe had been suffering from pulmonary disease. In 1892 he obtained leave of absence from his duties at Rosario, in the hope that a voyage in tropical seas might restore his health. This hope proving vain, he took up his abode at Sorrento on the Gulf of Naples, where he remained until the 16th of May, 1893, when he expired from hemorrhage of the lungs.

Mr. Worsoe was capable as an engineer and upright as a man. His work was characterised by order and reliability, and his frank, kind manner won the regard of all with whom he was associated.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 2nd of February, 1892.

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