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Edward Massey Hollingsworth

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Edward Massey Hollingsworth (1870-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

EDWARD MASSEY HOLLINGSWORTH was chief electrical engineer of the United Alkali Company, Ltd. (now incorporated with Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd.) from 1918 until his retirement in 1934. He was born in 1870 and served his apprenticeship from 1885 to 1891 with Messrs. Robinson, Cooks and Company, Atlas Foundry, St. Helens. After a year's additional experience in the drawing office, he entered St. Helens Corporation Gas and Electricity Department as assistant engineer, in which capacity he prepared plans for a tar distillery plant and superintended its erection. The electric supply was then single-phase alternating current, but in 1897 the corporation constructed a new power station for supplying direct current, and Mr. Hollingsworth was appointed chief assistant engineer for the conversion scheme. In 1903 he was made chief engineer of the undertaking, and held this post until he joined the United Alkali Company. He was primarily responsible for the West Bank Power Station, Widnes, of that firm. Since his retirement he had been acting as consulting engineer to firms in various parts of the country, and was specially interested in the applications of electrical science to hospital work. At the time of his death, which occurred in St. Helens on 27th February 1937, he was engaged in superintending the erection and equipment of a new X-ray block in the Providence Hospital, St. Helens.

He was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1894, and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1896, and to Membership in 1907. In addition he was a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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