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Frederick Richard Dixon

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Frederick Richard Dixon (1892-1936)

1936 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK RICHARD DIXON was sales engineer to Messrs. Hopkinson's, Ltd., of Huddersfield.

He was born in Sheffield in 1892, and received his technical education at the University.

He served his apprenticeship from 1906 to 1913 with Messrs. John Brown and Company, Ltd., of Sheffield, and was finally engaged upon the erection of a 6,000-ton hydraulic flanging press. He then became a draughtsman and estimator at the Clydebank works of Messrs. John Brown and Company, and prepared designs of boilers and turbines for several classes of torpedo boat destroyers. In addition he assisted in the sea trials of these vessels.

From 1916 to 1919 he was engineer to Messrs. W. C. Holmes and Company, Ltd., of Huddersfield, and was responsible for designing structural work, and gas and chemical plant.

He was then appointed works engineer to Messrs. Edgar Allen and Company, Ltd., of Sheffield, and three years later he went to Japan as chief engineer to the Dunlop Rubber Company (Far East), Ltd.

In 1923 he was made superintendent engineer to Messrs. Babcock and Wilcox, Ltd., Japan, and was actively concerned with the development of the firm's business in the Far East. His work there suffered as a result of the great earthquake of 1923 and he returned to England.

In the following year he joined Messrs. Hopkinson, with whom he remained until his death, which occurred on 15th April 1936. He acted as the firm's representative for the British Standards Institution during the last three years of his life.

He was elected to Associate Membership of the Institution in 1925 and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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