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Charles Whensa Nicholl

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Charles Whensa Nicholl (1873-1914)

1915 Obituary [1]

CHARLES WHENSA NIGHOLL was born in November 1873.

He received his technical education at Durham College of Science from 1891 to 1893, and then served an apprenticeship with Messrs. J. H. Holmes & Company.

He left this firm in 1897 in order to become assistant engineer to the Brush Electrical Engineering Company, and a year later he became private assistant to Professor J. A. Fleming.

In 1900 he was appointed Engineer and Manager to the Northallerton Electric Light & Power Company, but returned to London a year later on receiving an appointment on the staff of Mr. A. A. C. Swinton.

In 1901 he was appointed engineer to Messrs. Kilburn & Company and Acting Engineer to the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation, and was connected with the design and erection of the power station for the Durbar Camps at Delhi in 1902-3.

In 1904 he was again for a short time on the staff of Mr. A. A. C. Swinton before obtaining an appointment as engineer with Messrs. Harper Brothers.

At the time of his death, which occurred on the 1st December, 1914, at Port Said, he was on his way to India, having been engaged by Messrs. Alfred Dickinson & Co. in connection with the Tata hydro-electric scheme.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1902, and a Member in 1911.

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