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Edward Ernest Tasker

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Edward Ernest Tasker (c1875-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"EDWARD ERNEST TASKER, whose death occurred on 27th October 1948, in his seventy-third year, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1905 and was transferred to Membership in 1911. He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. W. T. Goolden and Company and Messrs. Easton and I, Anderson, Ltd., of Erith, between 1892 and 1905, he studied for three years at the City and Guilds Technical College and obtained the College Diploma. He then joined the firm of Messrs. Brown Boveri and Company, at Baden, Switzerland, for whom, as assistant engineer, he was engaged on power transmission schemes and railway work.

In 1900 he was appointed chief traction engineer to Messrs. Witting, Eborall and Company, Ltd., becoming chief engineer two years later. On leaving Messrs. Witting in 1908 he was in practice on his own account as a consulting engineer, specializing for the most part in patent cases, until 1910 when he was engaged by the A.E.G. Electric Company, Ltd., the English branch of the parent company in Berlin, as their chief engineer.

He then held a short appointment with Messrs. Dick Kerr and Company, Ltd., and was superintendent of tank production in Scotland for the Ministry of Munitions for a brief period. After acting as chief engineer to the A.S.E.A. Electric Company, Ltd., London, Mr. Tasker entered into partnership in 1929 with Sir Murdoch MacDonald, consulting engineer, of Westminster, with whom he was associated to the end of his career. During this period, in addition to numerous electric and tidal power schemes, he was responsible, either singly or jointly, for the heightening of the Assuan Dam and the remodelling of the Assuit Barrage in Egypt."

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