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Harold Homan

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Harold Homan (1850-1924) of Homan and Rodgers

1924 Obituary [1]

HAROLD HOMAN was born in London in 1850, and died there on 24th May 1924, at the age of seventy-four.

From the year 1873 to 1878 he lived in Peru, where he was associated in the construction of machinery used in the quicksilver and nitrate works of the late Colonel J. T. North.

In 1878 he returned to England, and acted as designer of machinery for the dye extract industry.

About twelve years later he joined the firm of Homan and Rodgers, of Manchester, and retired from business in 1906.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1888.

1924 Obituary[2]

"The late Mr. Habold Homan.— We regret to announce the death, which occurred on the' 24th inst., of Mr. Harold Homan, a partner in the firm of Homan and Rodgers, Limited, engineers, London and Manchester. Mr. Homan had been a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 1888, and was 74 years of age. He served his apprenticeship from 1862 to 1867 in various works and then spent one year as engineer on board ship. He was engaged in the Selessin Ironworks, Liege, as a draughtsman from 1868 to 1869, and acted in the same capacity in works in this country down to 1871, when he proceeded to South Africa (1871 to 1873), then to Peru (1873 to 1877), where he was occupied on civil engineering installations. Mr. Homan travelled from January to July, 1877, in the United States, palling upon the leading machine-tool and locomotive works, with a view of acquiring information concerning American engineering practice. Then for ten years, down to 1887, he was engineer in charge of Messrs. Mucklow’s works, Bury and Glasgow. He became, in 1888, a partner in the firm of Homan and Rodgers, Limited."

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