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Albert Harry Ginman

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Albert Harry Ginman (c1873-1954), joint general manager of the Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co

1954 Obituary [1]

We have learned with regret of the death, in Canada, on November 7th, of Mr. Albert Harry Ginman, a former president of the Canadian Marconi Company. He was seventy-nine.

Mr. Ginman was born in England and at the age of eighteen he joined the Post Office staff as a telegraphist, subsequently transferring to the Cuba Submarine Telegraph Company, Ltd., which was later merged with Cable and Wireless, Ltd.

At the age of twenty-seven he joined Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Ltd., and worked with Marconi himself. He was transferred to the American Marconi Company in 1902. Seven years later, as manager of the wireless station at Siasconset, Mass., he directed the operations involved in the rescue of 760 passengers and crew from the liner "Republic," in collision in dense fog, and sinking. The successful rescue led to the compulsory adoption of wireless equipment in all large ships.

In 1911 Mr. Ginman was appointed manager of the Pacific Coast division.

After returning, in 1917, to the parent Marconi Company in England, he was shortly sent to the Far East, where for twelve years he acted as the company's general representative in China and Japan. During this period, among many other important undertakings, he played a leading part in the formation of the Chinese National Wireless Telegraph Company, Ltd., of which he became chairman.

After returning to England in 1929, Mr. Ginman was appointed joint general manager of the Marconi Company, his promotion to general manager following in 1933. In 1935 Mr. Ginman relinquished this position to take up two appointments in Canada, the presidency of the Canadian Marconi Company and the post of general manager in Canada of Cable and Wireless, Ltd.

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