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Hermann Sloog

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Hermann Sloog (1884-1921)

1922 Obituary [1]

HERMANN SLOOG was born in Amsterdam in 1884, and died in November, 1921.

He was educated at the College Rollin, of Paris University, and in 1903 gained admission to the ficole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris.

In 1906 he left the school with the diploma of engineer. He was then for some time engineer to the Societe Anonyme de la Lampe M.S. in Paris, which specialized in the manufacture of metal filament lamps. Coming to London, he was engineer to the Phoenix Telephone Co., Ltd., eventually becoming Chief Engineer to the Company.

Since 1913 he acted as consulting engineer in Great Britain to a number of French firms. Strongly imbued with altruistic feelings, he acted, from the very formation of the small but influential group of former pupils of the Fxole Centrale established in this country, as Honorary Secretary to the group, and proved invaluable to all "camarades" who had professional or business relations with Great Britain. From the group sprang up a wider organization - the group of former students of French Universities and "Grandes Fxoles" of which he was also Honorary Secretary. Gradually the idea evolved and gave rise to the now so well-known "Franco-British Inter-University Group." At the same time he became the moving spirit of the British Section of the Societe des Ingenieurs Civils de France, which brings together the numerous members of the parent Society who reside in Great Britain and the British Empire. Through his untiring efforts as Honorary Secretary great success was achieved by the visits paid by the British Section to the devastated mining districts in France in June 1920, and to the metallurgical works of Eastern France in June 1921.

His great desire was always to assist in improving the relations between the professional and intellectual circles of the two nations, and it was for the furtherance of this aim that he accepted also the heavy work entailed by the Honorary Secretaryship of the Board of Control of the British Bureau of the Office National of French Universities. He paid particular attention to the exchange of engineering students, and large numbers of those attending the summer courses at Grenoble University remember his untiring and helpful efforts on their behalf. A few years before his death he was elected to the Council of the Society of Engineers. He was greatly liked and held in high esteem by all who had the privilege of coming in touch with this loyal, obliging, helpful and disinterested friend, this admirable organizer and indefatigable worker.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1913, and a Member in 1921.

1921 Obituary [2]

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