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Frank Powell Best (c1901-1953) M.Sc., B.Eng., A.M.I.E.E.

1939 Engineer, Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co., Ltd., Electra House, Victoria Embankment, London. Private Address: Ashley, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex. Age: 38.

1907-17 Prescot Grammar School.

1917-21 Liverpool Univ.

1921-23 Cambridge University.

1924-28 Radio Communication Co.

1928-34 Marconi International Marine Communication Co., Ltd.

1934 Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co., Ltd.

1953 Obituary [1]

We regret to announce the death , in London on March 26th, of Mr. Frank Powell Best, M.Sc. (Cantab), B.Eng., B.Sc., technical manager of the Marconi International Marine Communication Company, Ltd., and the Marconi Sounding Device Company, Ltd.

Mr. Best studied engineering at London University, Liverpool University and, later, at Cambridge, where he gained his M.Sc. and was Alan Brodey Prizeman of Gonville and Caius College.

He joined the Radio Communication Company, Ltd., in January, 1924, and was engaged in test work until 1928, when, following an amalgamation, be transferred to the Marconi International Marine Communication Company, Ltd.

A year later he was appointed assistant technical manager and in 1932 became deputy technical manager.

In 1934 Mr. Best joined Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Ltd., to assist in the development of equipment for marine use, and in 1939 returned to the Marconi Marine Company as technical manager but retained the title of assistant technical Manager in the former company, a joint position which greatly assisted technical liaison between the two associated companies.

In February, 1940, he was also appointed technical manager of the Marconi Sounding Device Company, Ltd., and later in the same year relinquished his position with Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Ltd., to concentrate entirely upon technical research and development in electronics for marine use.

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