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Axel Fredrik Enatrom

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Axel Fredrik Enatrom (1875-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"Professor AXEL FREDRIK ENSTROM, whose death occurred on 31st March 1948, was born in Sweden in 1875, and was well known as an outstanding electrical and mechanical engineer, with a large and varied range of scientific interests.

He was educated at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and at the University of Uppsala, where he took his final degree in engineering in 1902. At the early age of twenty-one he was appointed assistant professor of electrical engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology, and later acted as teacher at the Ordnance College and the Naval College. In 1903 he became a partner in the electrical Testing Institute of Holmgren and Rossander; this association he maintained until 1916 when he became a director of a department in the Board of Trade. Three years later he received the appointment of Professor and Director of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and served as its president from 1938 to 1941.

He also found time to be a director of numerous industrial companies and to be the President of committees on railway electrification. Other committees and commissions of which he was a member included the Electricity Commission, the Electrification Committee, the Spitzbergen Committee, the 1929 Committee on National Defence, and the Aviation Committee of 1931. In addition he served as President of the Swedish Standardizing Committee from 1922 to 1935, the Gas Generator Committee, the Agricultural Technical Association, and the State Testing Institute. Professor Enstrom was elected a Member of the Institution in 1926 and was a keen supporter as a member of the most prominent engineering and scientific societies in his country. He was the author of numerous papers chiefly on matters relating to electricity and economics, amongst them being "The Future Development of Power Producing Industries", and "The Longer Trade Cycles". In 1939 the University of Uppsala conferred on him the degree of "Doctor Honoris causa"."

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