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Ernest August Julius Koch

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Ernest August Julius Koch

1949 Obituary [1]

"ERNST AUGUST JULIUS KOCH, whose death occurred at Leatherhead, Surrey, at the age of fifty, was well known as an industrial consulting engineer.

He was born in Alsace and received his general education at the Gymnasium Zabern in Strassburg. His practical training was obtained during 1916 and 1917 at the railway repair shops in the same city. In 1919 he commenced a four years' course of study at the Technische Hochschule, Stuttgart, where he was awarded the mechanical engineering diploma. He joined the Bemberg A.G. at Barmen a year later and after two years' experience in the planning office was appointed chief engineer to the firm's works in Italy.

In 1929, on the establishment of Messrs. British Bemberg, Ltd., in this country he was appointed chief engineer and was responsible for the erection of the firm's extensive factory at Doncaster. He began to practise on his own account in 1932 as a consultant in Westminster, and acted in an advisory capacity for a number of engineering and industrial concerns. Shortly before the war of 1939-45 he became consulting engineer to the Beecham Group of Companies and in 1945 he was appointed a director of Beecham Research Laboratories, Ltd., and was largely responsible for the design and construction of the company's new laboratories at Brockham Park, Surrey. He also took a prominent part in the introduction of high-pressure, hot-water domestic and process heating into this country and had numerous inventions and patents to his credit. Mr. Koch had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1935. He was elected an honorary senator of Stuttgart University in 1929."

1948 Obituary [2]

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