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Samuel Romilly Roget

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Samuel Romilly Roget (c1875-1952) of the British Standards Institution.


1952 Obituary [1]

We have learned with deep regret of the death of Mr. Samuel Romilly Roget, which occurred in hospital in London on November 17th, after he had collapsed in his office at the headquarters of the British Standards Institution.

For the last ten years or so, Mr. Roget had served on the staff of the British Standards Institution, acting during that time as secretary to no less than thirty-one sectional committees. The members of those committees, in particular, will not soon forget Mr. Roget's charming personality and his readiness at all times to help.

Mr. Roget, who was seventy-seven, was the grandson of Dr. P. M. Roget, the author of the Thesaurus. For many years, S. R. Roget had undertaken the task of keeping that well-known work up to date. When he joined the staff of the British Standards Institution in 1941, it was to take responsibility for the revision of the Glossary of Terms Used in Electrical Engineering.

When that task was completed two years later, Mr. Roget agreed to continue at the B.S.I. to take charge of similar work in other fields. Up to the time of his death he was engaged in the preparation of British Standard and other technical vocabularies, among the latter being the International Electrotechnical Vocabulary, which is being produced by the International Electrotechnical Commission. There were many other claims upon Mr. Roget's able service. Recently, for example, he had been elected president of the Huguenot Society, of which he had been secretary for a number of years.


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