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Hugh Munro Ross

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Hugh Munro Ross (c1870-1954) of 'The Times'


1954 Obituary [1]

WE note with regret the death of Mr. Hugh Munro Ross, which occurred at Denton Road, Eastbourne, on September 8th, at the age of eighty-four.

Mr. Ross was well known to many engineers and to those engaged in technical journalism by reason of his long career on the editorial staff of The Times.

H. M. Ross was born at Bexleyheath, Kent, and was educated at Dumfries Academy, Merchant Taylors' School, and Lincoln College, Oxford.

He joined The Times as a sub-editor in 1893, and in 1902 became an associate editor of some supplementary volumes of Encyclopcedia Britannica, to which he contributed many knowledgeable articles on alchemy, railway matters, and practical typography.

In 1910, Mr. Ross was appointed editor of The Times Engineering Supplement, and in more recent times, when that publication was amalgamated with The Times Trade Supplement, he continued as assistant editor of The Times Review of Industry, until his retirement eight years ago.

During his long and distinguished career Mr. Ross was concerned with several literary works in addition to his writing for The Times. He was the author of a book on railway management and organisation, was co-editor of Brassey's Naval Annual for some years, and was also joint editor of Sir James Dewar's Collected Papers.

In addition, Mr. Ross was a member of the board of visitors to the Royal Institution from 1916 to 1930 and served on its board of managers in 1931 and 1932.


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