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William Hackney (1841-1890)

1863 William Hackney, 13 Beaufort Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham.[1]

1890 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM HACKNEY, the only son of the late William Hackney, merchant, Dundee, was born at that place in 1841.

He became a Graduate of the London University in 1857, and three years later he took an Exhibition, on which occasion he obtained honours in Biology. He was awarded the Duke of Cornwall’s Exhibition from the Royal School1 of Mines in 1861-2, and received the first Certificate for Anatomy and Physiology, and the Gold Medal in 1861-2.

In 1862 he took the degree of B.Sc., and also a Scholarship, and was made a Life Governor of the London University.

After he left College, he was for some years in the office of Sir William Siemens, and became that gentleman’s principal assistant.

By him he was, in 1870, appointed Manager of the Siemens-Steel Works, at Landore, near Swansea, and entered upon his duties with the greatest energy and enthusiasm.

Mr. Hackney was the author of two Papers read before the Institution: The Manufacture of Steel,” 1 for which he was awarded a Telford Medal and Premium ; and “The Adoption of Standard Forms of Test-pieces for Bars and Plates,” for which he obtained a Telford Premium.

Mr. Hackney was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 6th of April, 1869, and his early career gave every promise of a distinguished and brilliant position. But in 1875 he was attacked by a subtle malady, which obliged him to desist almost entirely from active work. Thence, until his death on the 4th of February, 1890, he was obliged to lead a life of seclusion.

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