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Clarence Edgar Allen

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Clarence Edgar Allen (1871-1951)


1952 Obituary [1]

"CLARENCE EDGAR ALLEN, who died on 24th December 1951, at the age of eighty, was for many years editor of Machinery and a director of Machinery Publishing Company, Ltd. He received his theoretical training in mechanical engineering at King's College, London, and studied electrical engineering at Northampton Polytechnic and Birkbeck College. At an early age he took an interest in technical journalism, and in 1898 became acting editor of Fielden's Magazine. Later this publication appeared as Engineering Review, of which he was editor and director. He was appointed editor of Machinery in 1912 and for the next forty years guided its destinies with great ability and tireless energy. He quickly recognized the importance of the exchange of manufacturing information, and by his personal efforts did much to break down the barriers of secrecy which surrounded individual works and manufacturing processes. Mr. Allen travelled extensively in pursuit of reliable information regarding machinery development in other countries, paying visits to Russia and the United States, and he attended the Leipzig and Paris Fairs regularly. He retired in March 1951. Mr. Allen was an Associate of the Institution from 1900 to 1908 and had been an Associate Member since 1911. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."


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