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Edward Friend Hetherington

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Edward Friend Hetherington (1886-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

EDWARD FRIEND HETHERINGTON was born in Fulham, London, in 1886, and in 1901 commenced a four years' course in electrical engineering at the Northern Polytechnic, Holloway. He gained his practical experience in the service of Messrs. Biggs, Wall and Company, Ltd., London, gas, water, and general engineers. In 1905 he was placed in charge of a 2,000 kW. substation of the North Metropolitan Electric Power Supply Company, in whose service he continued for twenty-two years, with the exception of a short period during 1906-7 when he acted as a substation operator to the Underground Electric Railways.

After holding various junior positions he was appointed in 1915 chief assistant engineer at the Willesden Power Station, and three years later he became resident engineer, with responsibility for plant with an output of 25,000 kW. He supervised the installation of two new turboalternator sets, and five new boilers, and the associated equipment. In 1927 he joined the West Midlands Joint Electricity Authority as technical and engineering assistant, and in the following year he was appointed chief engineer and manager, with headquarters at Wolverhampton. His most important work was the design and equipment of the 200,000 kW. generating station at Ironbridge. At the time of his death, which occurred on 22nd July 1938, the capacity of the station was 100,000 kW., and the remainder of the work was well advanced.

Mr. Hetherington had been a Member of the Institution since 1925 and was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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