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John Compson Wright

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John Compson Wright (1871-1951)

1953 Obituary [1]

JOHN COMPSON WRIGHT was associated with gas engineering during the whole of his professional career.

He was born in 1871 and after serving a three-year apprenticeship, terminating in 1892, in the Gas Light and Coke Company's works at Bromley by Bow, he entered the service of the West Ham Gas Company and successively held the positions of analyst, assistant engineer, and resident engineer. In this capacity he was responsible for the reconstruction of plant and machinery and the building and fitting out of a new laboratory.

In 1910 he retired, but five years later began a connexion with the Romford Gas Company, which lasted until the end of his active career. After serving as engineer for a brief period he was promoted to be engineer and manager. He became joint managing director in 1933 and retained this position until the industry was nationalized.

Mr. Wright, who was elected a Member of the Institution in 1927, had several inventions to his credit in connexion with boiler furnaces, dry hydraulic mains, and oxide grids and crushers. His death occurred on 21st March 1951.

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