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Ernest Gordon Dewar Mathews

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Ernest Gordon Dewar Mathews (1879-1943)


1944 Obituary [1]

ERNEST GORDON DEWAR MATHEWS was born in 1879 and educated at Tonbridge School. After a three years' course at the Central Technical College, South Kensington, he served his apprenticeship with Sir William Doxford and Sons, Shipbuilders, Sunderland, from 1899 to 1901. He then became assistant to Sir. A. B. W. Kennedy and Mr. Jenkin, consulting engineers, of Westminster, and was subsequently appointed assistant resident engineer for the Metropolitan and Great Western Joint Railways in connection with the electrification of the system.

From 1908 to 1912 he was an electrical supervisor at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. In 1912 he went to Calcutta to take up the appointment of managing engineer to the Tudor Accumulator Company, Ltd., of London, being engaged for the following eight years on the supply and maintenance of the firm's products. On his return to England he joined the staff of the Scaffolding (Great Britain), Ltd., as assistant technical representative and after two years with that firm he went to Japan, acting first as sales manager on behalf of the Permutit Company, Ltd., makers of water treating equipment, and from 1924 to 1928 as manager and consulting engineer for the de Havilland Aircraft Company's patent agency at Tokyo.

His final position, which he held for fifteen years, was that of technical assistant in the patents department of the British Thomson-Houston Company at Rugby. Mr. Mathews, whose death occurred on 4th September 1943, had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1907. He was also an Associate Member of the Institutions of Civil and Electrical Engineers.


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