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Charles Wilson Crosbie

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Charles Wilson Crosbie (1883- )

1922 M.I.E.E., Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, 5, Cutcliffe Place, Bedford, and Chief Mechanical and Electrical Engineer's Department, Air Ministry, London; b. 1883; m. Margaret Hearn. Ed. Diocesan Boys' High School, Naini Tal, U.P., India. Professional Training under Professor William Robinson, M.E., at Nottingham University College; served as "College Electrical Apprentice" (3 years) with the British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Manchester. Was engaged for the British Westinghouse Co. on the electrification of the Mersey Railway, Liverpool, and the Metropolitan Railway, London; later as Assistant Engineer in the General Engineering Department of the same company; responsible for the estimates and designs of central electrical stations and general engineering propositions, some of the works carried out being the design of central electric stations and power schemes for various Collieries in the South Wales district, the River Plate, South Africa and India. Later Chief Electrical Engineer for the British Westinghouse Co. for the Western half of India, and was responsible for all constructional work; equipped the first electrically-driven Cotton Mill in Bombay, and several others subsequently. Leaving the British Westinghouse Co., joined Ferranti, Ltd., Manchester, as Deputy Sales Manager, and shortly after the outbreak of war joined the Air Ministry and took over the design of Central electrical stations for the Ministry. Chief Works: Design of Electric Power Stations for R.A.F. Air Stations. Publications: Electric Water Heating as Applied to Domestic Service," " Electrician," Vol. LXXVII, pp. 762-6. War Services.—As Electrical Engineer in the Air Ministry, having been specially mentioned in the " London Gazette," by the Secretary of State for Air " for valuable services rendered during the war."

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