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Charles Percy Taylor

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(Charles) Percy Taylor (1874-1948), chief engineer of the Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers

1906 Joined the Inst of Civil Engineers

1949 Obituary [1]

"CHARLES PERCY TAYLOR was for forty-three years chief engineer to Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers, Ltd., and had been associated with the firm since its inception in 1900 until his retirement in 1946.

He was born in 1874 and was educated at Haileybury and in the electrical engineering department of the Central Technical College, where he obtained the Diploma of Associateship and won the Siemens Memorial Medal in 1895. On the conclusion of an apprenticeship with Messrs. Scott and Hodgson, Ltd., Guide Bridge Iron Works, Manchester, in 1897, he was appointed assistant engineer to Messrs. Knight, Bevan and Sturge, cement manufacturers, of Northfleet, Kent.

In the following year he took over the duties of works engineer, and on the formation of Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers, Ltd.], in 1900, he was selected as engineer to the directors, becoming chief engineer in 1903. During his long tenure of that office Mr. Taylor acted as engineer and consultant to all the associated works and companies and was largely responsible for the design, construction, and reconstruction of many cement plants and their auxiliary machinery, not only in this country, but also in British Columbia, Mexico, South Africa, and India. In addition he travelled extensively in the interests of the business. He had been a member of the Institution since 1898, in which year he was elected a Graduate.

He was transferred to Associate Membership in 1900 and to Membership in 1907. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Electrical Engineers, to the Proceedings of which he contributed papers on transformer losses and the construction of a deep water jetty. He was also joint author of several publications concerned with various aspects of cement manufacture. Mr. Taylor was elected a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute in 1935 in recognition of his work for the engineering and cement manufacturing industries. His death occurred at Bexhill on 15th January 1948."

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