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Hal Williams (c1873-1943)

1943 Obituary [1]

HAL WILLIAMS, whose death occurred on 11th February 1943, in his seventieth year, had been in practice in London for forty-three years as a consulting engineer and engineer architect. He was articled to Sir Frederick Bramwell and Graham Harris, consulting engineers, of London, in 1893, and on the completion of his articles in 1897 received his practical training with Messrs. Haslam and Company, of Derby. In the following year, however, he returned to Messrs. Bramwell and Harris as their principal assistant and remained with them until 1900, when he entered into partnership with Professor Henry Adams, practicing as Messrs. Adams and Williams until 1903.

He then joined with Mr. Walter Ridges under the title of Hal Williams and Bridges, and in 1910 established the firm of Hal Williams and Company. In the course of its long existence the firm's advice was extensively sought in connection with numerous important engineering schemes; including the design of factories, power plants, and more recently oil depots for the Air Ministry. His firm was also interested in arbitration work in connection with technical disputes, and Mr. Williams himself served on the panel of arbitration for the American Chamber of Commerce in London.

He had been a member of the Institution since 1897, when he was elected a Graduate, and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1899, and to Membership in 1905. He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and Vice-President of the British Association of Refrigeration. In addition he was the author of a work entitled "Mechanical Refrigeration".

At the time of his death he was acting as consultant to the Ministry of Works in connection with the emergency cold stores for the Ministry of Food.

1943 Obituary [2]

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