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Hugh Munro

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Hugh Munro (1874-1940)

1941 Obituary [1]

HUGH MUNRO was well known as a consulting engineer specializing in water supply schemes and hydraulic plant. He was educated at Dingwall Academy and Glasgow University where he graduated B.Sc. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Glenfield and Kennedy, Ltd., at Kilmarnock, from 1890 to 1895, and remained with the firm as draughtsman until 1898, in which year he was appointed inspecting engineer to Birmingham Corporation. After a short period as draughtsman to the Universal Weldless Tube Company at Chesterfield, he became draughtsman and erector to Messrs. Fielding and Platt, of Gloucester, by whom he was employed until 1901. He then went to Canada where he became works manager of the National Iron-works at Wingham.

Subsequently he was appointed assistant chief engineer to the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company, Pittsburg. On relinquishing that appointment in 1904, he returned to England and rejoined Messrs. Glenfield and Kennedy, as superintendent of erection, later becoming works manager. He held that position until 1913, and was responsible for the manufacture of pumping engines for main drainage schemes in Glasgow, and for various waterworks, as well as the construction of large valves for the Edinburgh and other aqueducts.

He was works manager for Messrs. Arrol and Company, Glasgow, from 1913 until 1915, when he was appointed area engineer at Swansea under the Ministry of Munitions. He began to practice as a consulting engineer in 1920 and continued in that work until he retired in 1938. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he placed his services at the disposal of the Air Ministry and was engaged in the mechanical test department at Farnborough, Hants, up to the time of his death, on 8th December 1940, at the age of 66.

Mr. Munro was elected a Member of the Institution in 1910, and was the author of a paper on "Modules and Uniform Discharge Devices for Irrigation and Waterworks", which he presented in 1916.

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