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Herbert Ade Clark

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Herbert Ade Clark (c1867-1946)


  • 1881 Apprenticed L. & N.W. Rly., Crewe.
  • 1894 Assistant Lecturer in Engineering, Chelsea.
  • 1900 Assistant Lecturer in Engineering, Yorkshire College, Leeds.
  • 1903 Author of paper on Diesel engines in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
  • 1904 Head of Engineering Department, Northern Polytechnic.
  • War work on aeroplanes at Ipswich.
  • 1920-32 Head of Engineering Department, Coventry Technical College.

1946 Obituary [1]

HERBERT ADE CLARK, Wh.Sc., was identified with technical education during most of his professional career, and will be remembered for the valuable services he rendered to the Joint Committee of the Institution and the Ministry of Education as a member of the Board of Assessors in connection with the scheme for National Certificates. He was educated at Owens College, Manchester, and at the Royal College of Science, obtaining the Associateship of the College and a Whitworth. Scholarship. After serving a seven years' apprenticeship, beginning in 1881, at the Crewe works of the London and North Western Railway, passing through the shops, he gained further experience as an erector and in the drawing office of the electrical and testing department.

In 1895 he began his long career as a teacher of engineering by his appointment as assistant lecturer, and demonstrator in engineering, at the London Polytechnic, and from 1901 to 1904 acted in the same capacity at the Yorkshire College, and the University of Leeds. He was then appointed head of the department of engineering at the Northern Polytechnic, London, a position he retained until 1915, when he joined Messrs. Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies at their Orwell Works, Ipswich, where he was in charge of the inspection department for aeroplanes. His final position which he held for twelve years, until his retirement in 1932, was that of head of the engineering department of the Coventry Technical College.

Mr. Clark, whose death in his seventy-eighth year occurred on the 6th January 1945, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1905 and was transferred to Membership in 1918. He was the author of a paper in 1903 on "The Diesel Engine".

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