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Herbert William Lewis

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Herbert William Lewis (1847-1902)


1902 Obituary [1]

HERBERT WILLIAM LEWIS was born in Birmingham on 18th August 1847.

Having been educated at a private school and at the Midland Institute, Birmingham, he served his time from 1861 to 1868 in the engineering works of Messrs. James Watt and Co., Soho, Birmingham.

In 1869 he went to Messrs. Tangy Brothers' Works, where he worked as a draughtsman and also as fitter.

In the same year he proceeded to India, acting for a short time as engineer in the Bombay Marine, and then received the appointment of mechanical superintendent of H.M. Cotton Gin Factory at Dharwar.

In 1874 he was promoted to the post of superintendent of this factory, which position he held until 1876, when he became superintendent of the industrial school at the same place.

In 1883 he was appointed superintendent of H.M. School of Industry at Ratnagiri, South Koncan, which was one of the pioneer institutions for technical instruction in engineering and the domestic arts in India. He held this position to the time of his death, but during the last four years load at intervals acted as chief inspector of boilers for the Bombay Presidency, in the absence of the permanent official.

His death took place from dysentery in Bombay on 8th March 1902, in his fifty-fifth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1895.


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