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Oliver Cochran

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Oliver Cochran (1877-1945)


1946 Obituary [1]

OLIVER COCHRAN was born in 1877 and received his education at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. On the conclusion of a five years' apprenticeship with Messrs. D. Stewart and Company, Ltd., of Glasgow, in 1900, he found employment in the drawing office of Messrs. Alley and MacLellan for two years, and for another year was similarly engaged by the Worsley Mesnes Ironworks Company, at Wigan.

After further experience with Messrs. Dick Kerr and Company, Ltd., Preston, as mechanical draughtsman, he joined the London drawing office staff of Messrs. Vickers, Ltd., in 1905, and, for twelve years, was closely concerned with the design of field and naval ordnance. He then became attached to the ordnance production department of the Admiralty in the capacity of assistant progress engineer, and two years later transferred his services to the Ministry of Munitions on his appointment as deputy controller of armament production for the Midland area. In 1920 he went to the United States, where he was engaged on behalf of the Bethlehem Steel Company, on the design of rolling mills, until his retirement in 1930.

Mr. Cochran, whose death in his sixty-ninth year occurred at Troon, Ayrshire, on 10th December 1945, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919.


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