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James Richardson (1884-1929)

son of Sir Alexander Richardson

1928/29 Obituary [1]

James Richardson was born in 1884 and was educated at Dulwich College and the City and Guilds Central Technical College, where he obtained his degree of B.Sc.Eng. in London University.

His apprenticeship was served with Armstrong Whitworth and Vickers finishing with a period as Assistant Engineer on ocean going vessels. After holding a number of positions in connexion with marine engineering, he was appointed in 1916 as Chief Assistant Engineering Manager with William Beardmore and Co at their Dalmuir Works, and remained with this firm until his death, which took place on 6th February, 1929.

He was elected a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1918, and served for several years on the Scottish Centre Committee.

1929 Obituary [2]

JAMES RICHARDSON, who was elected a Member of the Institution in 1923, was chairman of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch and a Member of Council in 1927 and 1928. He had also been an assessor for the Scottish National Certificate Scheme of the Institution since its inception in 1924.

He was apprenticed with Messrs. Armstrong, Whitworth and Company, and Messrs. Vickers, at Barrow, and afterwards attended the City and Guilds Engineering College, London, where he graduated as B.Sc.(Eng.) with honours in 1910.

After a year's experience of the design of guns with Messrs. Vickers in London he became an engineer-surveyor on the staff of the British Corporation for the Survey and Registry of Shipping, of Glasgow.

A year later, in 19l2, he was engaged on the design and construction of Diesel oil-engines for naval purposes for Messrs. Scotts' Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, and under Mr. James Brown, C.B.E., built up this department of the company's organization.

In 1916 he joined Messrs. Messrs. William Beardmore and Company as engineering manager of the naval construction works, and in recent years he had been specially engaged on work in connexion with the development of the Beardmore-Tosi marine Diesel engine and the Bauer-Wach exhaust steam-turbine.

He died on 6th February 1929, at the early age of 40.

1929 Obituary [3]

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