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Louis John Steele

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Louis John Steele (1871- )

1921 Inventor of the Cyc-Arc welding machine [1]

1922 M.I.E.E., Electrical Engineer, 5, The Parade, Royal Dockyard, Portsmouth. T. A.: "Electrical, Portsmouth." T. N.: 344 Portsmouth Dockyard Exchange. b. 1871. Ed. University College School; Finsbury Technical College and took first place in final qualifying examination. Eight years at Johnson and Phillips' Works at Charlton, Kent, where for the first few years acted as Chief Technical Assistant to Gisbert Kapp and eventually became Chief Designer to the firm. For 2 years Chief Electrician to Veritys, Ltd. Since 1900 Electrical Engineer at Portsmouth Dockyard, a newly-created post. First Electrical Engineer to be appointed in the service of the Admiralty. Chief Works: Copatentee for improvements in electrical welding, apparatus for the detection and measurement of inflammable gases and vapours, and patentee for improvements in searchlight shutters, etc. Publications: Technical contribution to the Society of Chemical Industry, Institution of Electrical Engineers and the technical press. Member of the Alpine Club. War Services.—Control of all electrical work in Portsmouth Dockyard and in the Portsmouth Division of the Grand Fleet during the whole period of the war.

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