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Gustaf Adolf Juhlin (1880-1951), chief electrical engineer of Metropolitan-Vickers


1952 Obituary [1]

As this issue goes to press, we learn with deep regret of the death of Mr. Gustaf Adolf Juhlin, which occurred at "The Grange," Goostrey, Cheshire, on Monday last, December 31st.

Mr. Juhlin, who was seventy-one, was, until his retirement in 1947, a director and the chief electrical engineer of Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, Ltd., Trafford Park, Manchester.


1952 Obituary [2]

As briefly recorded in our last issue, the death occurred at Goostrey, Cheshire, on December 31st, of Mr. G. A. Juhlin, formerly Director and chief electrical engineer of the Metropohtan-Vickers Electrical Company, Ltd. He was seventy-one.

Gustaf Adolph Juhlin was born and educated in Sweden. In 1902 he joined the firm of Dick Kerr and Co., Ltd., of Preston, and for many years held the position of chief alternating current design engineer with that firm.

In 1915 he joined Metropolitan-Vickers (then the British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company), and two years later was appointed chief engineer of the plant department, in which capacity he was responsible for the design of all the firm's large electrical machines.

In 1941, Mr. Juhlin became chief electrical engineer of the company, and was subsequently elected to the board. He retired in 1947.

Mr. Juhlin had an international reputation as a designer of large electric generators and motors, and contributed many valuable papers to learned societies. He was responsible for a large number of technical developments which, in their time, marked important advances in design. Developments in which he took a leading part were the use of compressed mica insulation for machine windings, the development of rotary converters for d.c. traction service, the application of electric drives to rolling mills, and the development of the modern turbo-generator, including 33kV stator windings.

One landmark, outside his usual field, was the introduction in 1928 of the cross-jet explosion pot for high voltage circuit breakers.

Mr. Juhlin was a full member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and was chairman of the North-Western Centre of the Institution in 1923-24. His wide culture and unbounded energy won him the esteem of a large circle of friends.


1953 Obituary [3]

GUSTAF A. JUHLIN was an electrical engineer throughout his career, and for a number of years held the important position of chief electrical engineer to the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, Ltd., Trafford Park, Manchester.

He was born in Sweden in 1880 and received his education at a technical college in Stockholm.

After a brief apprenticeship, and some experience as a junior draughtsman, he came to England in 1902 and joined the staff of Dick Kerr and Company, Ltd., Preston, electrical engineers. His first five years with the firm were spent as a designing engineer, after which he was made chief designer of the alternating current department.

In 1915 he transferred to the British Westinghouse Company, Ltd., as a design engineer, but two years later he began his long association with the Metropolitan-Vickers Company as chief engineer of the plant department. He was promoted to chief electrical engineer in 1941.

Mr. Juhlin, whose death occurred on 31st December 1951, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1943. He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.


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