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William Hamilton Wilson

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William Hamilton Wilson (c1879-1944), electrical engineer

1878 Born in Rangatiki, New Zealand

Educated at Collegiate School, Wanganui, New Zealand.

Apprenticed to Cable & Co., Marine Engineers, Wellington, N.Z.

1901 Electrical and mechanical courses at King's College, Strand, London

1904 Assistant Engineer Metropolitan Electric Supply Co., Ltd..

1906-8 Chief Assistant Electrical Engineer and Acting Electrical Engineer to East Indian Railway.

1906 November 26th. Married at Calcutta to Amy Sarah Awdry

1910 Electrical Engineer to John Birch and Co Ltd., London

1911 Secretary and Director of the Wilson Apparatus Co., Ltd., Carlisle

1911 Living at 14 Cobham Road, Norbiton, Kingston: William Hamilton Wilson (age 32 born Rangatiki, New Zealand - British subject through parentage), Electrical Engineer - Export Trade. With his wife Amy Sarah Wilson (age 30 born Rangatiki, New Zealand - British subject through parentage) and their two daughters Audry Elizabeth Wilson (age 3 born Calcutta - British subject through parentage) and Katharine Mary Wilson (age 9 months born Norbiton). One servant.[1]

Before 1912 designed some of the earliest transformers and apparatus used for army aircraft wireless.

1913 In private practice as electrical engineer and inventor.

Inventor of various wireless telegraph apparatus, X-ray apparatus, and thermoelectric instruments.

WWI Developed transformers, wireless telegraph condensers and transmitting sets used in large numbers during the war.

1919 Exhibited a thermo-electric conductor which behaved as a thermocouple useful for spectrum analysis.

1920 W. Hamilton Wilson read a paper on Electrically Deposited Thermo Couples with Miss T. D. Epps, before the Physical Society.[2]

Post-WWI: Awarded £500 by the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors for wireless transmitting sets in addition to £6020 from the Admiralty and the War Office[3]

1944 June 20th. Died

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. The Engineer 1920/08/06, page 143.
  3. The Times, Jan 13, 1925