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Ronald Allport Needham (1870-1919)
1919 Obituary 
RONALD ALLPORT NEEDHAM was born at Alvaston, near Derby, on 19th April 1870.
He was educated at Rugby School, and went in 1887 as a pupil with Messrs. Harland and Wolff, Belfast, where he passed through the shops and drawing-office, having for a time the charge of the Testing Department.
After a year at sea, he was engaged at the works of Messrs. Vickers, Sons and Maxim, Barrow-in-Furness, on inspecting material, running torpedo-destroyer trials, etc.
Three years later he was employed by Messrs. Francis Morton, Ltd., of Garston, to take charge of the galvanizing department and to supervise outside erection work.
In 1900 he transferred his services to the British Westinghouse Co., at Pittsburg and Manchester, where he was engaged on the lay-out and planning of the Trafford Park Works, after which he acted as assistant purchasing agent.
In 1907 he became the proprietor of the works, etc., of Mr. W. H. Rowland, Bangor, N. Wales, yacht designer, builder, and engineer, which he managed, in addition to carrying out marine consulting work.
His death took place at Liverpool on 20th May 1919, at the age of forty-nine.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1914.