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Fred R. Low

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Fred. R. Low (c1860-1936), editor emeritus of 'Power'


1936 Obituary [1]

MANY British engineers will be sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Fred R. Low on January 22nd, at his home in New Jersey, where he had boon critically ill for several years. He was seventy-five years of age.

He was editor emeritus of 'Power', following forty-two years (1888-1930) as its chief editor, a Past-President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an Honorary Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At the time of his death he was still Chairman of two important committees of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, dealing respectively with the codification of safety rules for the construction of steam boilers and unfired pressure vessels, and the rules for testing boilers, turbines, engines, and other power equipment.

In 1888 Mr. Low was appointed fifth editor of Power, which had been founded four years earlier, to serve the needs of power engineers in the operating field. Under his leadership as editor, which extended to 1930, the field of the magazine was broadened, without changing its practical approach, to serve also the needs of professionally trained power engineers, designers, and consultants.

In 1930, at the age of seventy, he became editor emeritus of Power. Mr. Fred Low's career was outstanding as much for his personality and friendships as for his achievements in engineering and journalism. In his rise he never lost touch with the practical engine-room men of his early days. He was noted for his friendliness, his simple directness and practicality in speech and writing, and his rich fund of humour.


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