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Henry Albert Golding

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Henry Albert Golding (c1871-1949)

1906 of James and Browne

1950 Obituary [1]

"HENRY ALBERT Golding, who filled with distinction a variety of posts in the course of his career, was a member of the Institution for over half a century, having been elected an Associate Member in 1898 and transferred to Membership in 1948.

He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Bryan, Donkin and Clench, Ltd., of London and Chesterfield, engineers, from 1887 to 1893, with whom he remained for a further nine years, successively occupying the positions of draughtsman, assistant foreman over fitters and turners, chief draughtsman, and assistant works manager.

He was then employed for a brief period in a similar capacity by Messrs. Heenan and Froude, Ltd., Worcester, general engineers. After filling short engagements as chief Draughtsman to the late Mr. William Gilbert, M.I.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., and as assistant to Sir Hiram Maxim, for whom he was engaged on original designs for flying machines, he held various posts of brief duration, including that of chief engineer to the Gamage-Bell Motor Cab Company, Ltd., with entire control of the mechanical and technical side of the business, and responsibility for the maintenance and running of 130 cabs.

In 1911 he was appointed manager of Messrs. Aveling and Porter's petrol department at their works in Rochester. In this capacity he was responsible for the design and production of a 4-ton petrol lorry and several sizes of motor rollers up to 14 tons in weight. He relinquished this position in 1920 and accepted an appointment as lecturer in mechanical and automobile engineering at the Northampton Polytechnic, London. Mr. Golding, who was the author of five textbooks on various engineering subjects, had several patents to his credit in connection with forms of power computing rules. His death in his seventy-eighth year occurred on 25th November 1949."

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