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Gordon Noble

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Gordon Noble (1916-1951)


1952 Obituary [1]

"GORDON NOBLE, M.Eng., whose untimely death on 3rd September 1951 terminated a promising career at the early age of thirty-five, was associated with the electrical side of mechanical engineering throughout his brief career. He was educated at Ulverston Grammar School and Liverpool University where he studied with distinction, winning the Dawbarn Prize and the David Row Research Scholarship. He graduated B.Eng. with first-class honours in electrical engineering in 1939, and obtained an M.Eng. degree three years later.

Mr. Noble's first appointment, which he obtained in 1939, was that of junior engineer to the Central Electricity Board. Two years later he was made assistant control officer in the northwest area and north Wales and in 1942 he became an assistant section engineer for the Cumberland section.

In 1946 he was transferred to the head office, operation department, London, as assistant engineer, and in the course of his duties there prepared a general revision of the Board's regulations, which was approved by the Rules Committee. He was promoted to be second assistant operation engineer for the north-west division of the British Electricity Authority in 1948. In this capacity he was responsible to the system operation engineer for ensuring the operation of thirty-five generating stations with a capacity of 1,400,000 kW. Mr. Noble was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1949. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."


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