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Edward George Hiller

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Edward George Hillier (1862-1933) of the National Boiler Insurance Co

son of Henry Hiller


1933 Obituary [1]

EDWARD GEORGE HILLER was a recognized authority on all questions relating to boiler design, construction, and operation, and was the author of several well-known books dealing with this subject.

He was born in 1862, and received his technical education at Owens College, Manchester.

He later became an apprentice with Messrs. Galloway, steam engine and boiler manufacturers.

At the age of twenty-three, he joined the National Boiler Insurance Company, which later became the National Boiler and General Insurance Company, and was associated with this firm for almost the remainder of his life. In 1891 he was appointed chief engineer and manager.

He was closely connected in many ways with the University of Manchester and was a member of the Court of Governors. He was also a member of the governing body of the Manchester College of Technology, from 1903 until his retirement in 1932. Mr. Hiller also acted as chairman of the Engineering Sectional Committee of the College.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1890, and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

His death occurred at Corbridge, Northumberland, on 21st July 1933.


* 1933 Obituary[2]

A PROMINENT figure in the engineering insurance world, Mr. Edward G. Hiller, passed away on Fr1day, the 21st inst., at his daughter's home, Dunkirk House, Corbridge, Northumberland. Mr. Hiller was born in 1862, and received his engineering education at Owens College. Subsequently he served his apprenticeship with Gallo­way's, when that firm held a very important position as steam engine and boiler makers. In 1885 he joined the National Boiler and General Insurance Company, Manchester, or, as it was then known, the National Boiler Insurance Company, Ltd., and in 1891 he succeeded his father as chief engineer and manager of the company. During the whole of his business life he was recognised as an authority on all matters concerned with the design, construction and safe operation of steam boilers. He was responsible for the publication of several books on the subject, including "Steam Boiler Construction" and "Working of Steam Boilers." He was an Associate of Owens College, B.Sc. of Manchester University, also a member of Convocation and a member of the College of Governors. He was also associated for many years with the Manchester College of Technology, of which institution he had been a member of the Governing Body since 1903. He acted as Chairman of the Engineering Sectional Committee from 1903 until he resigned last year, when he also retired from active business life. Mr. Hiller was a member of the Institutions of Civil and Mechanical Engineers.



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