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Jorgen Bjornstad

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Jorgen Bjornstad (1868-1935), superintendent engineer of the Pulsometer Engineering Co

1890 Joined Easton and Anderson

1909 Easton and Anderson acquired by Pulsometer and he was made superintendent engineer

1935 Obituary [1]

JORGEN BJORNSTAD was for twenty-five years superintendent engineer of the Pulsometer Engineering Company, Ltd., of London and Reading, during which time he designed a large variety of centrifugal and turbine pumps, a notable feature of the latter being the patent relieved stuffing box. He also took an active part in the perfection of the "Stereophagus" pump, an invention of the late Hon. R. C. Parsons, M.I.Mech.E.

Mr. Bjornstad was a Norwegian, and was born in Oslo in 1868; he received his education at the Cathedral School in that city.

In 1883 he became an apprentice in the works of Messrs. Nylands Vmrksted, and two years later entered the Technical High School, where he studied for four years.

After a short period as a draughtsman with an Oslo firm, he joined the Erith Ironworks of Messrs. Easton and Anderson, Ltd., where he became chief draughtsman in 1894, following the reconstruction of the company as Messrs. Easton, Anderson and Goolden, Ltd. He was responsible for the gold-mining plant produced by the firm for South Africa, and for drainage pumps for use at home and abroad. In addition he designed and patented the mechanical and electrical apparatus for the passenger lifts of the former City and South London Railway.

In 1898 he was appointed works manager of the Erith Ironworks, and following the firm's acquisition of the exclusive licence for superheating for stationary engines under Dr. Schmidt's patents, he designed many engines with direct- and indirect-fired superheaters.

After a further reconstruction of the firm in 1904, he became a partner, retaining charge of the mechanical work until 1909, when the business was acquired by the Pulsometer Engineering Company and Mr. Bjornstad took up his position of superintendent engineer at Reading, which he held until his death.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1903, and was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

His death occurred in Reading on 19th January 1935.

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