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Bengt Erik Gustaf Forsling

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Bengt Erik Gustaf Forsling (1900-1958) of BTH

1936 Naturalised British

1959 Obituary [1]

Bengt Erik Gustaf Forsling, whose death occurred at his home in Rugby on 23rd October 1958, was born on 5th January 1900 at Nykoping, Sweden, and was educated in that country. He became a naturalized British subject in 1936.

Mr. Forsling was a graduate of the Technical University, Stockholm. After leaving the University he worked in Stockholm as a designer of marine Diesel engines for A.B Atlas-Diesel from 1924 to 1926. In the latter year he was placed in charge of the Calculating (Technical) Department of A.B.Vaporackumulator, Stockholm, and two years later he came to London to be in charge of the Calculating (Technical) Department and Consultant to the Engineering Department of Ruths Steam Storage Co., Ltd.

In 1929 he joined the Turbine Engineering Department of the British Thomson-Houston Co., Ltd., Rugby, and was appointed Manager of the Gas Turbine Engineering Department in 1950. Although possessing intimate knowledge covering a wide range of engineering activities, Mr. Forsling was probably best known for his work on the design of gas turbines for both land and marine applications. One of his most important achievements was the design of the gas turbine propulsion plant installed in the tanker Auris - the first ocean-going vessel to be so equipped. He was the author of several technical articles and papers on gas turbines.

Mr. Forsling was elected an Associate Member in 1931 and transferred to Member in 1952.

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