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Henry Taylor Bovey

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Henry Taylor Bovey (1850-1912) of the Imperial College of Science and Technology


1912 Obituary [1]

HENRY TAYLOR BOVEY, M.A., D.C.L., LL.D., F.R.S., formerly Rector of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, died at Eastbourne on the 2nd February, 1912.

A son of Mr. Edward Bovey, of Torquay, he was born in 1850, and proceeded in due course to Queens College, Cambridge, where he graduated twelfth Wrangler in the Mathematical Tripos of 1873. Subsequently he was elected a Fellow of his College.

On leaving College, he became a pupil of the late Mr. George Fosbery Lyster, Chief Engineer of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, and two years later he joined the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board staff as an assistant engineer.

In 1878 he resigned this post on his appointment to the Chair of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics in McGill University, and in the following year he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science. He held this office for 20 years, during which period he did much to develop the department under his charge.

In May, 1909, he was chosen as first Rector of the reorganised Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, and threw himself into the work of developing this important institution with keen interest and devotion, but was obliged to resign this position in the following December owing to ill-health.

Dr. Bovey was one of the earliest members of the Liverpool Engineering Society, joining in 1875, and one of the founders of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, of which latter body he was for a time Secretary, and became President in 1900. He was a Fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Canada, and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, serving between 1899 and 1901 as a representative of Canada on the Council of that Institution. He was also a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institution of Mining Engineers, and in 1884 was Vice-President of the Mechanical Section of the British Association.

He was the author of treatises on Hydraulics and on the Theory of Structures and Strength of Materials, and of numerous scientific papers. In 1880, he married Emily Jane Bonar, daughter of Mr. John Redpath, of Montreal, and leaves two sons and three daughters.

The greater portion of the matter of the Obituary of Dr. Bovey and Mr. Bolt is reproduced from the Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers by permission of the Council of the Institution.


1912 Obituary [2]

HENRY TAYLOR BOVEY, M.A., D.C.L., LL.D., F.R.S., formerly Rector of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, died at Eastbourne on the 2nd February, 1912.

A son of Mr. Edward Bovey, of Torquay, he was born in 1850, and proceeded in due course to Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he graduated twelfth Wrangler in the Mathematical Tripos of 1873. Subsequently he was elected a Fellow of his College.

On leaving college, he became a pupil of the late Mr. George Fosbery Lyster, Chief Engineer of the Liverpool Docks, and 2 years later, he joined the Dockyard staff as an assistant engineer.

In 1878 he resigned this post on his appointment to the Chair of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics in McGill University, and in the following year he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science. He held this office for 20 years, during which period he did much to develop the department under his charge.

In May, 1909, he was chosen as first Rector of the reorganized Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, and threw himself into the work of developing this important institution with keen interest and devotion, but was obliged to resign the position in the following December owing to ill-health.

Dr. Bovey was one of the founders of the Liverpool Society of Engineers, and of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, of which latter body he was for a time Secretary and became President in 1900. He was a Fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Canada, a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institution of Mining Engineers, and in 1884 was Vice-President of the Mechanical Section of the British Association. He was the author of treatises on Hydraulics and on the Theory of Structures and Strength of Materials, and of numerous scientific papers, including a Paper on 'Cribwork in Canada,' contributed to the Institution Proceedings.

In 1880, he married Emily Jane Bonar, daughter of Mr. John Redpath, of Montreal, and leaves two sons and three daughters.

Dr. Bovey was elected an Associate of The Institution, to which he had been attached as a student, on the 5th December, 1876, was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 18th May, 1886.

Between 1899 and 1901 he served as a representative of Canada on the Council of The Institution.


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