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Owen Alfred Price

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Owen Alfred Price (1882-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

"OWEN ALFRED PRICE was a hydraulic engineer during the whole of his professional career and had held the appointment of chief hydraulic engineer to Glenfield and Kennedy, Ltd., Kilmarnock, for nearly thirty years. He received his technical training - which extended from 1899 to 1909 - at Battersea Polytechnic, Birkbeck Institute, and at a technical school in Glasgow.

After serving an apprenticeship with Masson, Scott and Co, Battersea, paper making machinery manufacturers, from 1898 to 1900, he was for a brief period junior assistant to the Johnson Die Press Co. He next filled positions as junior draughtsman to Gwynnes Pumps, Ltd., London, and J. Simpson and Company, Ltd., waterworks engineers, before taking up an appointment as technical engineer to Drysdale and Company, Ltd., Glasgow. In 1912 Mr. Price joined the staff of Ruston and Hornsby, Ltd., Lincoln, where he was engaged on the design and construction of centrifugal pumps, besides aircraft manufacture during the 1914-18 war. He was also sometime works manager. He left this firm in 1920 to begin his long connection with Glenfield and Kennedy, Ltd., as technical expert and chief engineer. He was responsible for the design and construction of high-duty pumps and the inauguration of a new department. He was also responsible for the bath machinery installed in Kilmarnock swimming pool.

Mr. Price was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1912 and transferred to Membership in 1922. He was the author of a paper entitled "Vortex Pumps, or Slip in the Centrifugal Pump" published in the PROCEEDINGS in 1939, for which the Council awarded him the T. Bernard Hall Prize. His death in his sixty-ninth year occurred on 11th August 1951."

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