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William Brown (d.1937)

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William Brown (1886-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BROWN was associated for practically the whole of his career with the Coatbridge tube works of Messrs. Stewarts and Lloyds, Ltd., where he was chief draughtsman from 1914 until his death, which occurred at Coatbridge on 17th January 1937. Mr. Brown was born at Heatheryknowe, Lanarkshire, in 1886, and received his technical education at Coatbridge Technical School. In 1900 he entered Messrs. Stewarts and Lloyds' drawing office as an apprentice and a year later he was transferred to the workshops. From 1904 to 1906 he gained additional practical experience with Messrs. Murray and Paterson, Ltd., general engineers, and then returned to Messrs. Stewarts and Lloyds as a draughtsman. His work included the design of steel guyed towers up to 600 feet high for some of the earliest wireless installations in the country. He assisted in the design and erection of a large amount of new plant during the War, including a complete tube-making plant costing £126,000, with an output of 1,000 4-inch tubes per 9-hour shift. Several works are controlled from the Coatbridge centre, including a group of tube works, a steel foundry, and an engineering works. Mr. Brown was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1923.

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