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Arthur James Hervey Wyatt

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Arthur James Hervey Wyatt (1861-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR JAMES HERVEY WYATT had considerable experience in the production of sighting devices for heavy guns. He was born in 1861 and received his education at Bedford Grammar School. He received his training from three firms, namely, Messrs. J. and F. Howard, of Bedford, Messrs. J. Simpson and Company, hydraulic engineers, of Grosvenor Road, London, and [[Latimer Clark, Muirhead and Co|Messrs. Latimer Clark, Muirhead and Company], electric lighting engineers, of Westminster.

In 1887 he joined the Morris Aiming Tube and Ammunition Company, Ltd., as technical assistant. Subsequently he was made assistant manager and in 1893 he became chief engineer to the company. He personally assisted Mr. Morris, helping him in all his inventions, particularly in the later stages of the designs. In 1900 he planned the layout of the company's works for the production of brass cartridges, at Dagenham, and superintended their erection, arranging for a new system of electric drive throughout.

Mr. Wyatt remained with the company for more than twenty years, and filed many patents of his own in connection with sighting devices. During the War he joined the Ministry of Munitions, and became assistant inspector for the East Midlands Area, with headquarters at Bedford. In 1918 he retired, but continued to live in Bedford, where he died on 9th July 1938 at the age of 76.

He was keenly interested in mathematics, particularly from the historical aspect, and in the making of simple calculating machines. He was elected to Associate Membership of the Institution in 1906.

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