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William Noble started work as a telegraphist in Aberdeen, his native town
Later became engineer-in-charge of the Aberdeen section of the Post Office telegraph
1901 Appointed assistant superintending engineer in the Central Metropolitan District.
1912 He became assistant engineer-in-chief of the GPO
1919 Succeeded Sir William Slingo as engineer-in-chief.
1920 knighted in recognition of his work for the Post Office, especially the telephone services.
Sir William accepted a seat on the board of the General Electric Company, paying particular attention to the development of the telephone and wireless sections of the company
1943 Obituary