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Henry George Jordan

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Henry George Jordan (c1858-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

Professor HENRY GEORGE JORDAN will be remembered for his great success as a teacher of engineering, especially by the large number of former students who met him during his forty-two years' association with the College of Technology, Manchester.

He was born in Manchester, the eldest son of Mr. H. G. Jordan, consulting engineer, and served his apprenticeship from 1872 to 1878, first with Messrs. W. Weild and Company, machine makers, and then with Messrs. Wren and Hopkinson, engineers and millwrights. In 1879 he obtained a Royal Exhibition at the Royal College of Science, Dublin; at the end of his first year he won the Senior Royal Scholarship and a year later he gained a Whitworth Scholarship. After being elected to associateship of the college in 1882 he returned to Manchester and was subsequently appointed lecturer in engineering at Manchester Technical School.

The Technical School later became the College of Technology, and Mr. Jordan was appointed professor of mechanics, and lecturer in mechanical engineering at the Victoria University of Manchester. It was due to Professor Jordan's initiative that day-time apprenticeship courses in engineering were inaugurated, and he was largely responsible for organizing the group part-time evening courses in mechanical engineering. Subsequently Professor Jordan was awarded the honorary degree of M.Sc.Tech., and in 1924 he retired with the title of honorary lecturer in mechanical engineering at the College of Technology, Manchester. With the late Mr. Thomas Cryer he was joint author of "A Textbook of Applied Mechanics" and of "Machine Construction and Drawing", which were among the earliest published books of their kind.

Professor Jordan, who was elected a Member of the Institution in 1891, died at his home in Manchester on 12th May 1938, at the age of 80.

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