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Maurice Arthur Wood

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Maurice Arthur Wood (1881-1936)

1936 Obituary [1]

MAURICE ARTHUR WOOD was for twenty-five years chief engineer to the British-American Tobacco Company, Ltd. He was responsible for the design, erection, and equipment of a very large number of factories and power houses for the firm in all parts of the world. In connexion with his duties he visited the United States, Canada, Java, and China.

Mr. Wood was born at Croydon in 1881 and was educated at Weymouth College and the Central Technical College (now the City and Guilds Engineering College), South Kensington, gaining a diploma in electrical engineering in 1900.

He then entered the works of Messrs. Siemens Brothers and Company, Ltd., at Woolwich, as an apprentice, but after a year he commenced an apprenticeship with Messrs. Johnson and Phillips, of Old Charlton, and was engaged on the manufacture and testing of electrical instruments.

In 1904 he joined Messrs. Merz and McLellan as assistant engineer. His work included the preparation of data for Parliamentary Bills, also general estimating and supervision in connexion with extensions to electric power supplies in Northumberland and Durham.

In 1911 he commenced his association with the British-American Tobacco Company.

He remained with the firm until his death, which occurred at Pinner, Middlesex, on 26th October 1936.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1915.

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