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Hugh Wallace Aitken

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Hugh Wallace Aitken (1865-1947)

1948 Obituary [1]

"HUGH WALLACE AITKEN, whose death occurred at Torburn, Dunbartonshire, on 6th March 1947, was a colonial engineer and was well known in Glasgow, where he had practised for forty years as a specialist in the manufacture of sugar machinery.

Mr. Aitken, who was born in 1865, was educated at the Glasgow Academy and Anderson's College, Glasgow. He was associated with his father's late firm of Aitken, McNeil and Company, Govan, from the date of its inception in 1881, and was managing Partner in 1897 when the firm was dissolved.

In 1898 Mr. Aitken founded the firm of Aitken and Company, Colonial Engineers, Glasgow. He afterwards converted his firm into a Limited Company - H. W. Aitken Company, Ltd. Mr. Aitken devoted himself almost entirely to the design and construction of sugar machinery until his retirement in 1929. Mr. Aitken made long and repeated visits to many of the principal cane-sugar producing countries, where his patented improvements were largely adopted and the advice of his firm extensively sought. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1900."

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