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E. R. Matthews

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Professor E. R. Matthews (1873- )

1922 Professor, B.Sc. (Eng.), Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., F.R.S.E., F.R.San.I., Municipal and Civil Engineer, University of London, University College, Gower Street, London, W.C. T. A.: "Matthews, University College." T. N.: 3979 Central. b. 1873; third s. of late William Henry Matthews, Chief Officer of Coast Guards, Hastings Division; one of the few survivors of the ill-fated troopship " Birkenhead," in 1852; in. in 1900, Bessie, d. of Geo. Barker of Toppesfield, Essex, 2 s., 3 d. Ed. St. Michael's School, Hastings. Entered the office of the Borough Engineer of Hastings, P. H. Palmer, M.Inst.C.E., in 189o, and served under him as an assistant for 9 years. 1898-1914—Borough Engineer of Bridlington, Yorkshire, and Consulting Engineer to several other local authorities; Special Lecturer on "Harbours and Coast Defence Works," to the Manchester University, 1914; Member of the Council of the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers, 1913-14; Addressed the British Association at Birmingham, 1913; Diploma of Associate Membership, Institution of Civil Engineers (by Exam.), 1906; Diploma (by Exam.), Institution of Municipal and County Engineers, and of the Royal Sanitary Institute. Chief Works: Engineering and architectural works designed and carried out at Bridlington and elsewhere, valued at 250,000. Chadwick Professor of Municipal Engineering in the University of London, from 1914; and Consulting Engineer at Westminster; Specialist in Coast Protection Works; Consultant to a number of Local Authorities re Coast Protection and Reinforced Concrete Construction. Publications: " Coast Erosion and Protection " (Griffin, 2nd Edition); " Reinforced Concrete Construction " (Adams and Matthews), (Longmans, 2nd Edition); " Refuse Disposal " (Griffin); " Dam Construction " (Griffin); " Logarithms and Trigonometry " (St. Brides' Press). Clubs: University College Club, Gower Street, W.C. War Services.—Served in France and Belgium as a " Specialist Sanitary Officer," from November r, 1915, to January 22, 1919; Commanding Officer (Captain R.A.M.C.) of the 34th and 57th Sanitary Sections. Awarded the 1914-15 Imperial Star; twice mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's dispatches; twice awarded the Royal Humane Society's Certificate on Vellum for saving life.

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