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Khan Bahudur Bomanji Sorabji

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Khan Bahudur Bomanji Sorabji (1841-1901)

1901 Obituary [1]

KHAN BAHUDUR OMANJSI SORABJI died at Bombay on the 14th June, 1901, aged 60.

Born in the same city on the 22nd May, 1841, he was educated there at the Elphinstone Institution and in the Engineering Department of the Poona College of Science.

In 1861 he was appointed an Overseer in the Public Works Department of the Government of Bombay, in which he subsequently rose to the rank of Assistant Engineer.

In 1874 he graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Bombay, obtaining the James Berkley Gold Medal and several prizes, and at the Delhi Durbar of 1877 the distinction of Khan Bahadur was conferred on him by the Government of India.

He retired from the Public Works Department in 1880, and in the following year was appointed acting Professor of Mathematics and Civil Engineering at the Poona College of Science.

From 1888 to 1892 he served the Rajpipla State as an Engineer, but was compelled by ill health to resign that post.

Mr. Sorabji was well acquainted with German and Portuguese, as well as with many Indian dialects. For a time he acted as Examiner in mathematics, engineering, and science at the Higher Examinations of Bombay University. During the Abyssinian Expedition of 1867-68, in which he took a prominent part, he received a bullet wound in the foot.

In 1884 the Bavarian University of Wiirzburg, to which he had presented a thesis "On Some of the New High Molecular Parafins," conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Mr. Sorabji was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 7th February, 1882.

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