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Elijah Arthur Heath

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Elijah Arthur Heath ( -1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

ELIJAH ARTHUR HEATH devoted almost the whole of his professional career to the mechanical side of electrical engineering.

He was born in Stoke on Trent and served an apprenticeship from 1879 to 1885 with Messrs. Hartley and Arnoux, remaining with the firm as a draughtsman until 1889. During this time he also superintended the erection of mining and coal screening machinery.

He was then appointed chief draughtsman to Messrs. Dick, Kerr and Company, London, and in 1897 became mechanical engineer to the company. He was responsible for a large amount of light railway and tramway design and construction. The company was absorbed by the English Electric Company in 1918, and in the same year the Kilmarnock Engineering Company was formed to take over the interests of Messrs. Dick, Kerr in the Britannia Works at Kilmarnock. Mr. Heath was appointed to the board of the Kilmarnock Engineering Company on its formation, and was continuously associated with the company until his retirement in 1929.

During the period 1923-5 he also acted as secretary, but relinquished this appointment in order to devote more time to the company's sales organization in London.

Mr. Heath was elected to Membership of the Institution in 1900.

His death occurred in London on 10th July 1934, in his seventieth year.

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