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John Edwin Wood

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John Edwin Wood (c1899-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

JOHN EDWIN WOOD, whose death occurred on 29th October 1941 at the early age of forty-two, received his technical education at the Beaufoy Institute, and served his apprenticeship at the Royal Ordnance Factories, Woolwich, from 1915 to 1920 during which time he gained an L.C.C. Senior Science Scholarship and attended the Woolwich Polytechnic. He also served as a private in 1918 in the Royal Fusiliers.

From 1920 to 1923 he studied at the City and Guilds Engineering College and obtained the diploma of Associate. After some two or three years spent in Canada and the United States, as a draughtsman, first with the Canadian General Electric Company, of Toronto, and subsequently as efficiency engineer to the Republic Iron and Steel Company, of Youngstown, Ohio, he returned to this country and for a few months in 1926 was employed in a technical capacity as professional assistant in the Science Museum, South Kensington. He was then appointed installation engineer to British Arca Regulators, Ltd., an appointment which involved the preparation of schemes for automatic control in power stations and gas works.

His association with the Superheater Company, Ltd., began in 1928 with his appointment as service engineer, and was only terminated by his untimely death. He was engaged on the development of superheaters for stationary power plant and for the preparation of all technical data relating to their design, construction, and performance. Latterly he was transferred to the company's works at Bowden, Cheshire.

Mr. Wood was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1922 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1930.

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