Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

John William Wesley Willstrop

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John William Wesley Willstrop (c1894-1939) of the Royal Aircraft Factory


1939 Obituary [1]

Mr. John William Wesley Willstrop died on December 28, 1939, at the age of 45.

He studied science under Lodge and Poynting at Birmingham University, and after completing his training became an assistant in the Chemistry Department of the Royal Aircraft Factory, Farnborough. There he found scope for the exercise of his research abilities in problems relating to the properties and production of aircraft doping materials. Later he became a member of the staff of the Metallurgical Department of the Royal Aircraft Establishment.

Willstrop was a born physical chemist. His scientific research work on anodic oxidation of aluminium, potentials of metals and corrosion problems, solders and fluxes bespeaks the ingenuity and universal activity of the inspired investigator. He will long be remembered by his colleagues as a fruitful source of inspiration and practical assistance in any difficult problem, as a brilliant manipulator and experimentalist, and for his unfailing willingness and good humour. In another sphere he will be long remembered by a very wide circle of friends for his art and skill with organ, piano, and cello.

He was elected a member of this Institute in 1927. -H. SUTTON.



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