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Walter Henderson Molesworth

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Walter Henderson Molesworth (c1874-1952)

1953 Obituary [1]

WALTER HENDERSON MOLESWORTH in the earlier part of his career was associated with the electrical side of mechanical engineering, but since 1904 he had been a partner in the firm of Messrs. Molesworth and Roechling, Westminster, consulting civil engineers, until his retirement in 1933.

He was educated at Durham School and served a premium apprenticeship with C. A. Parsons, Ltd., Turbinia Works, Newcastle upon Tyne, passing through all the departments between 1890 and 1893.

In 1897 he joined the staff of the General Electric Company, Ltd., Manchester, and was engaged upon the design of electric machinery. A year later he was entrusted by the firm with the erection of a large plant in London for power and lighting. This was followed by an appointment as engineer to an electrical firm in Switzerland, to which he was responsible for the preparation of complete schemes.

He returned to England in 1900 to take charge of the General Electric Company's estimating department in Manchester, but during 1902 and 1903 he was in India superintending the erection of the hydro-electric plant for the Government's cordite factory at Wellington, after which he began his long connexion with the City of Westminster as a consultant.

Mr. Molesworth, who was the author of the electrical supplement of "Molesworth's Pocket Book", in 1904, and of "Spon's Electrical Pocket Book", died at Walmer on 18th March 1952 at the age of seventy-eight. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1905 and was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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