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Charles Orme Bastian

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Charles Orme Bastian (1869-1924)

1924 Died. Inventor of "Bastian" Electric Water Heater and Thermal Storage Geyser; patented many improvements in electric heating, especially radiant heating[1].

1925 Obituary [2]

CHARLES ORME BASTIAN, eldest son of the late Dr. H. Charlton Bastian, F.R.S., was born in 1869 and died on the 29th October, 1924.

Very early in life he developed a taste for mechanical pursuits. He studied at University College, London, and specialized in electrical engineering.

On leaving there he was for some time with Messrs. Crompton and Co., Ltd.

He was subsequently connected, as a director, with the Bastian Meter Co., Ltd., from the time of the company's formation until he retired in September 1916 in order to devote more attention to the development of his numerous patents, particularly in connection with electric radiators, ovens, water heaters, and the mercury-vapour lamp.

He was the inventor of a thermal storage system in which a small electric current is allowed to flow continuously, the hot water being stored in a lagged tank or cylinder. This system was developed in cooperation with Lieut.-Commander F. J. Campbell Allen, of Messrs. Bastian and Allen, and shortly before he died Mr. Bastian was able to see the fruition of his labours in the large water-heating plant which he designed and installed in conjunction with that firm at Wick Lane Baths, Poplar, this plant being claimed to be the first successful one, on a large scale, in this country.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1903.

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