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Andrew Rorison Beattie

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Andrew Rorison Beattie (c1885-1943) M.I.Mech. E., A.M.I.E.E., M.I.E. (India), F.R.S.A.

1939 Consulting Engineer (Private practice) Hilltop, Ulundi Road, Johnstone, Renfrewshire.

Career: Apprentice, Nobel's Explosives Co., Ardeer, Stevenston; 3 years Assistant Electrical Engineer, Oakbank Oil Co.; 4 years Electrical Engineer, Summerlee Iron Co.; 6 years Construction Engineer, British Thomson-Houston Co.; 14 years Chief and Superintendent Engineer, The Titaghur Paper Mills Co., Calcutta; later, Consulting Engineer, operating chiefly in India, in pulp and paper mills plant, cement works, etc.

1944 Obituary [1]

ANDREW RORISON BEATTIE whose death in his fifty-eighth year occurred in Calcutta on 13th July 1943, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1932 and was transferred to Membership in 1934. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

He received his technical education at the Heriot Watt College, Edinburgh, and served his apprenticeship with Nobels Explosive Company, at Glasgow, from 1903 to 1908. He then became an assistant electrical engineer with the Oakbank Oil Company, Glasgow, for two years. In 1912 he joined the Summerlee Iron Company at Coatbridge as an electrical engineer in charge, remaining with the firm until 1915 when he was appointed construction engineer to the British Thomson-Houston Company, Rugby, with responsibility for the installation of turbo-alternators for municipal undertakings and collieries.

In 1922 he went to India on his appointment as chief engineer to the Titaghur Paper Mills Company, Calcutta. In this capacity he was responsible for the complete reorganization of the plant. He was made superintending engineer in 1930. He relinquished this appointment in 1935, but returned to India in 1936 to practice as a consultant to the paper industry, in which connection amongst others he carried out a full survey and report on the prospects of establishing a pulp and papermaking industry in the Cochin and Jeypore States.

At the outbreak of the present war he returned to Scotland, and for a short period was associated with Government service. In 1941 he returned to India and took up the position of superintendant engineer to the Orient Paper Mills Company, Calcutta, a position which he held until his death.

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