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Ernest Edward Briggs

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Ernest Edward Briggs (1875-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"ERNEST EDWARD BRIGGS was the chairman and governing director of Messrs. Ernest E. Briggs, Ltd., of Westminster, engineers and contractors. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1924, and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

He was born in 1875 and received his technical education at the Battersea Polytechnic Institute. His apprenticeship was served with the Pulsometer Engineering Company, Ltd., London, from 1890 to 1896. Subsequently he went to South Africa, where he was employed as charge engineer to the Cape Coppers Corporation from 1907 to 1911, and for the next three years was shift engineer and engineer-in-charge to the Victoria Falls Power Company, Ltd.

He then returned to England and successively held appointments as assistant mechanical superintendent to the British Westinghouse Company, Ltd.; chief assistant engineer to the Gramophone Company, Ltd.; superintending constructional engineer to the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Ltd. ; and chief engineer to the Vickers Spearing Boiler Co. In 1925 Mr. Briggs established his business in Westminster which he continued to direct until his death, which occurred on 25th August 1949 in his seventy-fifth year."

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