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William Lawes Cole

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William Lawes Cole (1859-1930)


1930 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM LAWES COLE served his apprenticeship with his father, and afterwards held responsible positions in various engineering works in London.

Subsequently he rejoined, as manager, his father's firm, which was converted into a limited liability company under the title of Messrs. W. and L. Cole, of Mile End, London, and later he became managing director.

The firm was chiefly engaged in the design and construction of saw-mills and the manufacture of gas-works machinery. Mr. Cole was the inventor and patentee of a gas-works retort discharging machine and various saw-mill, refrigerating, and other machines.

In 1913 he founded, in conjunction with Mr. Arthur P. Strohmenger and Mr. C. H. Champness, the Quasi-Arc Company, manufacturing electric welding plant and electrodes. He held the position of chief engineer of this firm and later joined the board of directors.

He was born in 1859 and was a student at King's College, London.

He became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1905, and died on 7th January 1930, at the age of 71.


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