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Lewis Jenkin Meyrick

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Lewis Jenkin Meyrick (c1878-1946), Chief Chemist at John Wilkes, Sons and Mapplebeck

1946 Obituary [1]

LEWIS JENKIN MEYRICK. Mr. L. J. Meyrick died at his home in City Road, Edgbaston, on 1 November 1946, at the age of 68.

Educated at George Dixon's Grammar School, Birmingham, Mr. Meyrick joined the Muntz Metal Company, Ltd., as a laboratory assistant.

In 1908 he was appointed Chief Chemist and Metallurgist to the Company and became the adviser and personal friend of the late Sir Gerard Muntz.

A bachelor, of retiring disposition, he kept himself always in the background, but during the inception of the Institute of Metals he gave the project whole-hearted support and became closely associated with the formation of the Birmingham Local Section. He did not publish any papers, but the results of his work on corrosion and brass manufacture were freely given to those interested, and there are many who owe their interest in metallurgy to his encouragement and help.

In 1926 he resigned his position with the Company and became Chief Chemist at John Wilkes Sons and Mapplebeck, Ltd., Birmingham. He retained this position until his retirement in April 1946.

He was a member of the Society of Chemical Industry and of the Birmingham Metallurgical Society.

In his younger days he was a keen tennis player and a first class shot, but in recent years his hobby was golf. His loss will be deeply felt by many in Birmingham, because he was always willing to help and advise younger men in their personal and professional difficulties. W. E. BALLARD.

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