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H. G. Yates

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H. G. Yates (c1908-1954), senior designer of the Parsons and Marine Engineering Turbine Research and Development Association

1954 Obituary [1]

WE regret to have to record the death of Mr. H. G. Yates, which occurred suddenly at his home at Newcastle upon Tyne, on Wednesday, September 15th, at the early age of forty-six.

Mr. Yates was senior designer of the Parsons and Marine Engineering Turbine Research and Development Association, a position which he had occupied with considerable distinction for the last ten years.

Mr. Yates graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1930, with first-class moderatorships in mathematics and physics and was subsequently awarded his M.A. degree.

After two years lecturing at the University, he served a student apprenticeship with the English Electric Company, Ltd., at Willans Works, Rugby.

In 1933 he joined the turbine department of the company and in 1940 was put in charge of the research work of the department.

Mr. Yates was appointed senior designer to Pametrada at its inception in 1944 and was responsible for the design of marine turbine propelling machinery and undoubtedly much of the progress made in marine turbine design and practice during the last ten years may be traced to his influence.

He was an associate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and, at the time of his death, was a member of council of the North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders and chairman of the North East branch of the Institute of Physics. Mr. Yates was also a member of several technical committees of national importance.

His published work includes two articles which he contributed to the columns of THE ENGINEER. They are "A Universal Resonance Chart," which appeared on October 1, 1943, and "Non-Inductive Wave Analyser Circuits of Constant Q," in the issue of June 7, 1946.

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