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Holbrook Gaskell (1878-1951)

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Sir Holbrook Gaskell (1878-1951), BA Cantab., A M I Mech E

1878 Born son of Holbrook Gaskell (1847-1919)

1901 Mechanical engineer, visiting the Stanning family in Leyland[1]

1903 Associate of the Inst of Mech Engineers[2]

1911 Mechanical engineer, living in Woolton, Liverpool, with his wife Mary, 30[3]

1911-12 Member of the Council of the Liverpool Engineering Society

1951 Obituary [4]

1951 Obituary [5]

"Sir HOLBROOK GASKELL, O.B.E., B.A., who died in London on 31st March 1951 at the age of seventy-two, was associated with the chemical industry during the whole of his professional career.

After leaving Cambridge University where he graduated B.A. with first-class honours in mechanical science he entered the service of the United Alkali Company, Ltd., as a junior engineer and in due course gained promotion to senior assistant and finally chief engineer.

During the 1914-18 war he was entirely engaged upon the design, construction, and operation of plant for the manufacture of acids, high explosives, and lethal gases. From 1919 to 1922 he was managing director of Messrs. Drake and Gorham, Ltd., electrical engineers and contractors, but in the latter year he renewed his connexion with the United Alkali Co and joined the board of directors, later becoming managing director. On the absorption of the firm by Imperial Chemical Industries he retained his seat on the board of the combine with which he continued to the close of his active career. Sir Holbrook was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1901 and was transferred to Associate Membership two years later. He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."

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