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Alfred Herbert Dorlencourt Markwick

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Alfred Herbert Dorlencourt Markwick (1904-1946)

1946 Obituary [1]

ALFRED HERBERT DORLENCOURT MARKWICK was born at Brighton on the 26th July, 1904, and died at Datchet, Bucks, on the 5th March, 1946.

He was educated at the Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School and at Manchester University, where he obtained the degree of B.Sc. with first class honours.

He received his practical engineering training with Messrs. C. S. Allott and Sons, of Manchester, and in 1927 was appointed as an assistant engineer to the Yorkshire Electric Power Company, Leeds, on the construction of the Ferrybridge power-station.

From 1929 to 1933 he was engaged, for Messrs. Kennedy & Donkin, on surveys for transmission-lines for the North West England Electricity Scheme and on the construction of 132-kilovolt and 33-kilovolt overhead lines, sub-stations, and plant.

In 1933 he was appointed as a Junior Scientific Officer at the Road Research Laboratory of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, where he carried out original research work on road and airfield construction, projectile penetration, incendiary bombs, and other weapons, and investigated problems concerned with road aggregates and bituminous road materials.

In 1937 he became head of the Soil Mechanics and Aggregates Section of the Laboratory and he held this position until his death, when he was a Principal Scientific Officer. From 1939 to 1943 he was also in charge of the Penetration Section.

From 1936 onwards he represented the Laboratory on several Committees of the British Standards Institution....[more]

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