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Sydney George Castle Russell

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Sydney George Castle Russell

1922 M.I.E.E., F.E. S., Electrical Engineer, 17, Sherborne Lane, E.C.; youngest s. of the late Major C. J. Russell, Royal Engineer Department. Pupil of Musgrave Heaphy, Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., M.I.E.E., F.G.S. In 1888, and later studied under Prof. Ernest Wilson at King's College, London. From 1890 to 1902 acted as Assistant Engineer to the Phoenix Fire Office. In 1902 was appointed Chief Engineer and Adviser to the company in succession to the late Musgrave Heaphy. In 1905, as the result of a disastrous fire, he was consulted by the Governing Body of Eton College, and on their behalf designed and supervised the re-installation of the electric wiring throughout the College, comprising the equivalent of 10,000 lamps. On the completion of the work he was retained as the College Consulting Engineer, and is responsible for the upkeep, efficiency and safety of the entire installation. Is also retained as Consulting Engineer to Magdalen and All Souls Colleges, Oxford, and by various important business institutions. Has advised the Corporations of the cities of London and Westminster, Hereford County Council, University of Oxford, Harrow School, and other public bodies, business firms and country house owners. In 1906 designed and supervised the complete electric lighting of the Foreign Cattle Markets for the Corporation of London. Honorary Consulting Engineer for the Electrical Engineering Exhibitions in London in 1905 and 1911, and in Manchester in 1908. In 1908 carried out the revision of the well-known Phoenix Fire Office Rules and also compiled the Phoenix Rules for Lightning Conductors in conjunction with Sir Oliver Lodge and Killingworth Hedges. He was retained by the Home Office in connection with the public inquiry on the draft rules drawn up by Scott Ram, H.M. Inspector of Factories, in 1908 for the use of electricity in factories. He is a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and its Wiring Rules and other Committees. A Member of committees of the Engineering Standards Association.

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