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Alfred Joseph Newport

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Alfred Joseph Newport (1901-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

ALFRED JOSEPH NEWPORT was born in 1901 and received his education at Victoria College, Bath, and at the University of Bristol, where he graduated with first-class honours in 1924. He became a pupil of the Wolseley Motor Company, now Wolseley Motors, Ltd., of Birmingham, and served for two years in the works. After a brief period on experimental work as wind tunnel assistant to the Bristol Aeroplane Company, he was appointed in 1925 research assistant to Professor Andrew Robinson, M.I.Mech.E., in the mechanical engineering department of the University of Bristol. His work was chiefly concerned with the strength of materials, on which he published several papers. In 1933 he joined the scientific staff of the Building Research Station, Garston, of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, where he investigated the effects of vibrations in buildings, the properties of concrete compacted by vibratory methods, and the use of structural steel in buildings.

He was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1924 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1929. His death occurred on 15th November 1936, at the early age of 35.

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