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Joseph Kent Smith

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Joseph Kent Smith (1869-1933)

1933 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH KENT SMITH, O.B.E., died at Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.A., on July 8, 1933, after several weeks' illness.

Born in Liverpool in 1869, he first went to the United States in 1906 to assist in the development of vanadium steel, on which he had started experimental work in the late 'nineties; for three years he was connected with the laboratories of the Vanadium Co. of America.

In 1909 he returned to England, and was engaged on research work on special alloys on behalf of the Government.

In 1920 the Order of the British Empire was conferred on him.

In 1925 he returned to the United States and helped in the development of a process for making sponge iron; he became associated with the Climax Molybdenum Co., to which concern he was consulting metallurgist.

He joined the Iron and Steel Institute in 1903.

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