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Isaac William Chubb

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Isaac William Chubb (1870-1946).

Ex. Editor, McGraw Hill Publishing Co., Ltd., Aldwych House, Aldwych, W.C.


1946 Obituary [1]

The Late Mr. I. William Chubb.

We have learnt with deep regret of the death on Sunday last, September 1st, of Mr. I. William Chubb, who for forty-two years until his retirement in November last was the editor of our contemporary The Machinist. Mr. Chubb was born in London in 1870, and at the age of sixteen was apprenticed to R. Hoe and Co., Ltd., printing press manufacturers, where he operated machine tools, and became, it is said, particularly adept at starting and chasing threads by hand. During his apprenticeship he was awarded a Whitworth Scholarship on which he attended evening classes at Birkbeck College, City of London College, Goldsmiths' Institute and the Regent Street Polytechnic. After completing his apprenticeship in 1891 Chubb became a draughtsman at the works of the General Electric Power and Traction Company, Ltd., Kentish Town, and a year later he joined the staff of the Brush Electrical Engineering Company Ltd. As well as designing junction boxes, the Bates fuse, and switchgear, he was engaged on the preparation of application plans for city lighting systems, and was for a time assigned to the County of London Electric Supply Company to assist in the installation of central power station equipment. In 1896 Mr. Chubb joined Cassell and Co., Ltd., as electrical editor of all that firm's publications, and in 1903 he resigned that position to become editor of the European edition of American Machinist, the title of which was later on changed to The Machinist. During the publication of a European edition of Power, Mr. Chubb also edited that journal. During his long period of service with The Machinist, Mr. Chubb naturally saw much progress in the design of machine tools and other metalworking equipment, as well as the development of modern high-speed steels and cutting tools to meet the demands of improving production techniques. His intimate knowledge of all these and kindred matters was well reflected in the pages of our contemporary. In the course of his duties, Mr. Chubb travelled extensively not only in this country, but on the Continent and in America, and many engineers here and overseas will retain pleasant memories of his friendship.

1946 Obituary [2]

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