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Benjamin Nikolas Broido

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Benjamin Nikolas Broido (1879-1927)

1927 Obituary[1]

"The Late Mr, B. N. Broido.—The sudden death of Mr. Benjamin Nikolas Broido, at his home in New York, on February 10 last, removes from the ranks of American engineers a well-known designer of steam Superheaters. Mr. Broido was bom at Wilna, Russia, in January, 1879.

He received his early education in Germany and graduated in mechanical engineering at Kothen Polytechnic in 1904. He joined the staff of the Ascherslebener Maschinenbau, A.G., Aschersleben, Germany, in 1906, and remained with this firm for six years. In 1912, he entered the works of the Hanno-versche Maschinenbau, A.G., Hannover, and while there developed a design of water-tube boiler. Mr. Broido went to the United States in 1914, and, shortly after his arrival, took a post-graduate course in the City College of New York and Columbia University. Later he joined the technical staff of the Roessler and Hasslaoher Chemical Company, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, for which firm he designed power plants. In 1917 he was engaged by the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Co to design a power and creosoting plant, while at the end of the same year he entered the offices of the Superheater Company, New York, and was appointed engineer in charge of the design and the development of Elesco superheaters for stationary boilers. Subsequently he was given the position of chief engineer of the industrial department of the company, which position he held at the time of his death. Mr. Broido was a member of the American Sooiety of Mechanical Engineers, to the proceedings of which he contributed several papers. He was also a member of the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia and of the Vereines Deutscher Ingenieure."

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