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Herbert George Taylor

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Herbert George Taylor (c1882-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

HERBERT GEORGE TAYLOR, M.SC., Wh.Ex., served his apprenticeship, from 1899 to 1902, at Oldham in the steam engine workshops at the Falcon Iron Works of Messrs, Dennison and Son, where he acquired special knowledge of cotton machinery. He also received training in the general machinery and tool shops of Messrs. W. Bodden and Son, of Oldham. With the exception of an eighteen months' appointment as draughtsman to Messrs. J. P. Hall and Company, his professional career was devoted to technical education.

He was awarded a Whitworth Exhibition in 1903 and proceeded to Owens College, Manchester, for three years' study in science and engineering, and he graduated B.Sc. in 1906 and M.Sc. in 1909. He was assistant lecturer and demonstrator in engineering at Liverpool University from 1906 to 1907 in which year he became demonstrator in civil and mechanical engineering at King's College, London, a position which he held until 1914 when he took charge of the munitions instructional workshops in the college. After the war he again acted as demonstrator for a short period, but subsequently joined the engineering staff of the College of Technology, Leicester.

He returned to the Municipal Technical College, Oldham, where he had received his early technical education, as Principal in 1925. He held that position until his death, which occurred in his fifty-ninth year, on 8th June 1941. Mr. Taylor, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1913,was the author of several books on engineering as well as educational and philosophical subjects, and he also contributed to scientific periodicals.

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