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William Rowan Wilson

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William Rowan Wilson (1872-1913)

1914 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM ROWAN WILSON was born at Partick, Glasgow, on the 14th February, 1872, and was educated at Glasgow Academy and at Glasgow University.

After taking his B.Sc. degree he assisted Lord Kelvin for some time.

He then entered the Glasgow Corporation Electricity Department, and from there went to Messrs. John Fleming and Co., Bombay, the Indian house of Messrs. Thomas Wilson and Co. of London.

He subsequently became Manager of the New Edgerton Woollen Mills, Dhariwall, India, and later was fitting up the electric light installation for Simla when he was appointed Director of Industries at Cawnpore.

He had to retire owing to ill-health, and he died at Glasgow on the 9th December, 1913, at the age of 41.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1896 and a member in 1898.

1914 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM ROWAN WILSON, B.Sc. (Glas.), born on the 15th February, 1872, at Partick, Glasgow, died in that city on the 10th December, 1913.

After assisting Lord Kelvin, he entered the Glasgow Corporation Electricity Department, under Mr. W. Arnot. In 1896 he became Engineer and Manager to Messrs. J. Fleming and Company, contractors, Bombay, and subsequently became Engineer and Manager of the New Egerton Woollen Mills, Punjab.

In 1905 he entered the service of the Punjab Government as Executive Engineer, and subsequently held the post of Director of Industries in the United Provinces.

Mr. Wilson was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 8th January, 1907.

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