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Allan John Grant

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Allan John Grant (c1876-1955)

Alan (sic) J. Grant, Joint MD of Firth Brown, the Trent Iron Co, Cravens, Davy Brothers and Nasmyth, Wilson and Co

1956 Obituary [1]

Sir Allan John Grant served the Institution as a Member of Council from 1939 to 1945. He was elected a Member in 1934, and was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects and of the Iron and Steel Institute.

He was educated at Cheltenham College, and served an apprenticeship with Laird Brothers, Birkenhead, and Walker Engineering Laboratories, during which time he also studied at Liverpool University, and obtained a Whitworth Exhibition.

He remained with Laird Brothers for some years, and subsequently became general manager of Chadburns (Ship) Telegraph Company, Ltd., Liverpool, and then joined John Brown and Company, Ltd., eventually becoming managing director, in which capacity he served also with the merged concerns of Thomas Firth and John Brown, Ltd., retiring in 1954, but retaining his seat on the board.

He was a Past-President of the British Iron and Steel Federation, and a past Vice-President of the Junior Institution of Engineers. For three years he represented the steel industry for the Board of Trade Advisory Council, and in 1932 led the British Steel Delegation at the Imperial Economic Conference at Ottawa. He held directorships of various engineering concerns; was chairman of Sheffield Area Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Supply; a member of council and of the Court of Governors of Sheffield University.

His death occurred at the age of seventy-nine on 19th July, 1955.

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