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Harry Vercoe Haight

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Harry Vercoe Haight (1873-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

"HARRY VERCOE HAIGHT. B.A.Sc., was associated with the Ingersoll-Rand Company, Ltd., compressed air engineers, Canada, New York, and Manchester, for forty years. He was born in 1873 and studied mechanical and electrical engineering at Toronto University, taking the degree of B.A.Sc. in 1897. He served an apprenticeship during his college vacations with John Bertram and Sons, machine tool makers, Dundas, Ontario. After gaining experience as a salesman with the Canadian Rand Drill Company, Ltd., he joined the successor company, the Canadian Ingersoll-Rand Co, as an engineer in 1899. In the following year he was appointed chief engineer and held this position for twenty-nine years. After acting for brief periods as executive engineer and engineer to the firm in New York, he came to England and took over the duties of works engineer to the company at Manchester. From 1937 until his retirement a year later he acted as consulting engineer in Europe on behalf of his firm in connection with the development of new inventions. During the 1939-45 war he was a member of the inventions board of the National Research Council. Mr. Haight was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1933 and transferred to Membership four years later. His death occurred in Canada on 3rd July 1951."

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