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Geoffrey Edwin Foxwell

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Geoffrey Edwin Foxwell (c1893-1957)

1957 Obituary [1]

WE note with regret the death of Dr. Geoffrey Edwin Foxwell, which occurred suddenly at his home at Ashtead, Surrey, last Friday. For many years he had occupied a prominent place in the science of fuel technology.

Dr. Foxwell, who was sixty-four, was born at Hinckley, Leicestershire, and was educated at the Hinckley Grammar School and All Saints School, Bloxham.

He began his professional career in the chemical section of the Koppers Coke Oven Company, Ltd., and later became the company's chief technical officer. Before taking up this latter appointment, however, Dr. Foxwell spent some time with the former Gas Light and Coke Company, in London, and on the formation of its research department in 1924, was the company's senior research chemist for a year or so.

Meanwhile, between 1916 and 1924, he had gained the B.Sc., M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees of the University of London.

From 1933 onwards Dr. Foxwell was engaged principally on consulting work, and during the second world war he served as technical adviser to the Ministry of Fuel and Power.

His more recent public service in the field of fuel technology included membership of the Beaver committee on air pollution. Dr. Foxwell was one of the founder members of the Institute of Fuel, was elected a Fellow in 1928, and was president from 1951 to 1953. He was also chairman of the British Chemical Plant Manufacturers' Association. Dr . Foxwell was awarded the C.B.E. in 1951.

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