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Ivan Thomas Edwards

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Ivan Thomas Edwards (1892-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

IVAN THOMAS EDWARDS was for many years technical engineer to the Sturtevant Engineering Company, Ltd., London. He was responsible for the design of both pneumatic and electrical equipment, and took charge of the installation of pneumatic transmission apparatus, and of estimates and tenders for the export of such equipment. He was born in London in 1892 and received his technical education at the Polytechnic, Regent Street. In 1908 he joined the Central London Railway as a pupil and served for three years in the power station and workshops at Shepherd's Bush. Subsequently he worked as an improver on the construction and wiring of the rolling stock. He then entered the drawing office where, in 1912, he was placed in charge of the mechanical side. In addition he assisted in the survey of the extension from the Bank to Liverpool Street. He joined the London Electric Railway as a draughtsman under Mr. W. A. Agnew, M.I.Mech.E., at Ealing, a year later, and early in 1914 he entered upon a three years' contract as technical engineer to Messrs. Bleichert and Company, of Leipzig, for whom he designed telpher systems, chiefly for charging blast furnaces. When the War broke out his contract was cancelled and he was interned in Germany. He continued his studies and lectured on machine construction in Ruhleben Camp School until 1918. In 1920 he commenced his association with the Sturtevant Engineering Company. Recently he was associated with the development of large turbine vacuum-cleaning plants for public and industrial buildings and offices.

In 1927 Mr. Edwards was elected an Associate Member of the Institution. His death occurred on 6th July 1937.

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