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Edmund Badderley Wood

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Edmund Badderley Wood (1884-1935)


1935 Obituary [1]

EDMUND BADDELEY WOOD was engaged for many years on research work at Birmingham and Bristol Universities on various types of internal combustion engines, in connexion with which he published a number of papers.

He was born at Wirksworth, Derbyshire, in 1884 and was educated at Eton. He then proceeded to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, graduating in the Mechanical Sciences Tripos in 1905.

After a brief period of training at Messrs. Kitson's Airedale Foundry, Leeds, he became an apprentice at the Daimler Motor Company's works at Coventry.

In 1907 he began his research work on gas engines at the University of Birmingham as an observer on the trials carried out for the Institution by the Gas Engine Research Committee, under Professor F. W. Burstall, M.I.Mech.E. Two years later he received prizes for papers on. this subject read before the Institution of Civil Engineers. He continued his experimental work until the War broke out, turning his attention to petrol and paraffin engines in 1909, and to aero-engines in 1913, when he was engaged on the design, construction, and testing of an experimental "cuff-valve" engine. His services were also in demand as a consultant.

In 1914 he enlisted, becoming a commissioned inspector of mechanical transport. He was transferred to Mesopotamia as chief inspector of mechanical transport in 1917 and during the campaign he incidentally carried out the welding of locomotive firebox foundation rings damaged by enemy action. He was later mentioned in dispatches, and was demobilized in 1918 with the rank of major.

Subsequently he began his many years' research work at the University of Bristol, often in collaboration with Professor W. Morgan, with whom he published several papers jointly. The papers, usually presented before the Institution of Automobile Engineers, covered a wide range, including the measurement of horse-power, carburettor action, and sleeve-valve engines; for the latter he obtained a Crompton medal.

In 1919 he was elected an Associate Member of the Institution and later contributed to discussions on papers dealing with internal combustion engines. He spent some years in Kenya, returning in 1932, and collaborating with Professor Morgan on the use of the electron oscillograph as an engine indicator.

His death, on 15th September 1935, took place before this work was completed.


1935/36 Obituary [2]

Edmund Baddeley Wood was born in 1884, and was educated at Cambridge University, where he took his B.A. in Mechanical Sciences.

After a period at the Daimler Works he carried out research work on Diesel engines at Birmingham University, and subsequently spent a number of years on the design, construction, and testing of experimental aero engines.

During the War he served as an Inspector of Mechanical Transport with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force, and later went to Kenya Colony as proprietor of a garage.

He was the author of four papers before the Institution dealing with carburation, sleeve-valve engines, etc.

He died on 15th September, 1935, at the age of 51.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1908 and transferred to Member in 1919.


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