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Harold Heywood

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Harold Heywood ( -1971)


1972 Obituary [1]

Harold Heywood (Fellow) of Derby, died on Dec 11 (1971).

(The following is part of an appreciation by Mr Rex Wailes I met Harold Heywood as a fellow apprentice at Robey and Co, Lincoln where he won a Whitworth Scholarship. We were fellow members of the London Graduates Section Committee; he was at City and Guilds taking a degree and working as research assistant. Following seven years as a lecturer in mechanical engineering, at the Regent Street Polytechnic and then at City and Guilds, he undertook research for DSIR on the grinding of coal, and also served as Associate Member of the Council of the Institution.

For three years he was a senior research officer of BCU RA and then returned to City and Guilds as Assistant Professor and Reader in Mechanical Engineering. In 1956 he became Principal of Woolwich Polytechnic and in 1967 was a Research Fellow of Loughborough University, which two years later created a special Chair for him. His interest in, and fine collection of old microscopes was well known and he investigated for NASA particle size and shape of samples brought back by Apollo missions.


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