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George Albert Pitts

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George Allen Pitts (1849-1882)


1883 Obituary [1]

GEORGE ALBERT PITTS was born at St. John's, Newfoundland, on 28th May 1849, and received his education there.

In his eighteenth year he entered the department of Engineering and Applied Sciences at King's College, London, where in 1869 he was awarded a prize for manufacturing art. He also gained certificates for physics and practical work, and his associateship.

In 1870 he apprenticed himself to Messrs. John Elder and Co., Glasgow, for three years, the usual term of five years being curtailed on account of his competency in practical work.

In 1873 he entered the drawing office of Messrs. Laird at Birkenhead.

Afterwards he went as an engineer in the steamship "Olbers" to the Brazils and elsewhere.

In 1875 he went out to St. John's, Newfoundland, as superintendent of steamers and factories; and acted there as consulting engineer to the Government for local steamers, &c.

In the autumn of 1881 he returned to England to establish himself as a consulting engineer; and whilst so engaged in Merionethshire, North Wales, he was attacked by confluent smallpox and suddenly died at Glanyrafon, near Gaullwyd, on 29th March 1882, in the thirty-third year of his age.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1878.



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  1. 1883 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries