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Charles Mark Dorman

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Charles Mark Dorman (1861 - 1920) of Dorman and Smith.

1920 Obituary. [1]

Mr. C. M. Dorman, whose death occurred recently at his home at Brooklands, Sale, at the age of fifty-nine, after a brief illness, was a partner in the firm of Dorman and Smith, Limited, Salford.

He was born at Northampton in 1861, and was educated at Berkhampstead and the Yorkshire College. He served an apprenticeship in the works and drawing-office of the Hunslet Engine Company.

In 1881 he and Mr. Smith went into the electrical side of engineering, when they became assistants to the late Mr. J. S. Rowarth, whose works they afterwards took over.

Mr. Dorman was a member of numerous societies, as well as the Salford Education Committee. He was of a studious nature, a lover of science, and will be greatly missed amongst a wide circle of friends.

1920 Obituary [2]

CHARLES MARK DORMAN, who died at Llandudno on the 12th February, 1920, after a short illness, was one of the pioneers of the electrical engineering industry.

Born at Northampton in 1861, he was educated at Berkhampstead and the Yorkshire College, and afterwards served an apprenticeship in the works and drawing office of the Hunslet Engine Company.

In 1881 he and his subsequent partner, Mr. R. A. Smith, deserted locomotive engineering and joined the late Mr. J. S. Raworth as his assistants. Mr. Dorman carried out some of the earliest electrical installations on board ship, and was responsible for many of the early designs of switchgear and other electrical apparatus.

When Mr. Raworth left Manchester, Mr. Dorman and Mr. Smith took over the small works which he had established and gradually developed the business which is at the present time carried on as Dorman and Smith, Ltd. Mr. Dorman was of a very studious nature and a great lover of science. His disposition was genial and hospitable, and he will be much missed.

He was associated with the Manchester Astronomical Society, the Sale Photographic Society, the Wireless Telegraphic Society, and the Salford Education Committee. He manifested keen interest in the War Savings movement, and did much useful committee work He took an active part in the formation and foundation of the Northern Society of Electrical Engineers, and was Chairman in the second year of the Society's existence, before it was merged in the Institution.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1884 and a Member in 1890.

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