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Charles Frederick Smith

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Charles Frederick Smith (1873-1947)

1947 Obituary [1]

"CHARLES FREDERICK SMITH, D.Sc., M.Sc. Tech., Wh.Sc., was for many years an inspector of schools (technological branch) and a member of the Joint Committee for National Certificates in Mechanical Engineering from its inception until his retirement in 1933.

He was born in 1873 and received his technical education at Bristol University, where he won an engineering scholarship. Later, while serving his apprenticeship from 1890 to 1894 with Messrs. Sharp Stewart and Company, Ltd., of Glasgow, he obtained a Whitworth Scholarship, which enabled him to study engineering in Germany. In 1896 he joined Messrs. Siemens Brothers and Company, Ltd., at Woolwich, as a draughtsman, subsequently becoming assistant to the head of the research department.

After two years' experience in a similar capacity with the managing director of Messrs. Ransomes and Rapier, Ltd., at the London office, he was appointed head of the electrical engineering department of the South Western Polytechnic, Chelsea. He relinquished this position in 1905 to take up the appointment of director of electrical engineering laboratories and also that of lecturer at the University of Manchester. Eight years later he began his career as an inspector of schools, his first appointment being at Leeds, which was followed later by the post of divisional inspector in the West Midlands. After his retirement Dr. Smith compiled a number of textbooks for use in schools, explaining in simple terms the principles of electricity and other scientific phenomena. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1935 and was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. His death occurred on 16th January 1947."

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