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Stuart Arthur Russell

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Stuart Arthur Russell

1858 Born

1875-9 Studied at University College, London

1879-81 At Crewe Works

1881-2 At Bow, a pupil of Messrs Hunter and English

1882-3 draughtsman for Ayrton and Perry

1883 Joined the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co as engineer in their electric light department.

1885 of Coventry Road, Ilford, became an Associate Member of Inst Civil Engineers[1]

1910 With William Ernest Gray, also a civil engineer (also employed by the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co., Ltd.), and Walter Frederick Anderson, an electrician of Buckhurst Hill, patented improvements in systems for distribution of electrical energy, particularly relevant to railway lighting using a dynamo and batteries.[2]


1927 Obituary [3]

STUART ARTHUR RUSSELL, educated at University College School and University College, London, at which latter place he took the full engineering course, served his time in the shops at the London and North Western Railway Works, Crewe, and afterwards had drawing office experience with Messrs. Hunter and English and Messrs. Ayrton and Perry.

He entered the employ of the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co., Ltd., at Silvertown in 1883 as an assistant engineer in their electrical department, where he was occupied with the design and manufacture of electrical machinery and cables, the erection of central station plants, and the laying of underground mains. Subsequently he took over the supervision of the general engineering work of the company.

In 1912 he was appointed works manager, and in 1918 an extraordinary director, which positions he held at the time of his death, although, owing to illness, he had been unable to take any active part in the affairs of the company for over three years.

He was a member of the General Committee of the India Rubber Manufacturers' Association for several years (Chairman in 1920 and 1921), a member of the Board of Management of the British Rubber and Tyre Manufacturers' Research Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of British Industries, a member of the Council of the London Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Engineering and Allied Employers London and District Association, until his illness compelled him to relinquish those appointments.

He was the author of a book on electric light cables and the distribution of electricity, and he was elected a Member of the Institution in 1891.


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Sources of Information

  1. Civil engineer lists
  2. The Engineer 1911/11/24
  3. 1927 Institution of Electrical Engineers: Obituaries