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Edward Robert Festing

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Major-General Edward Robert Festing (1839-1912)

1912 Obituary [1]

MAJOR-GENERAL EDWARD ROBERT FESTING, C.B., was born in 1839, and was educated at Carshalton and Woolwich.

He became at the age of 17 a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, and in that capacity he served in Central India from 1857 to 1859.

In 1864 he was appointed deputy general superintendent of the South Kensington Museum, becoming in 1893 director of the Museum, and retiring in 1904.

He had a remarkable power of mental calculation, and he wrote several valuable papers for the Royal Society, of which he was elected a Fellow in 1886. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1888.

He died on 16th May, 1912.

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