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Paul Stuart Wakefield (1896-1951), M.Sc. (Eng.) (London), B.Sc. (Ireland), A.R.C.Sc.I., M.I.Mech.E., A.M.I.E.E., Chief Turbine Designer and Head of Turbine Department, The Brush Electrical Engineering Co., Ltd., Loughborough.
Educated at Mountjoy School, Dublin; Newtown School, Waterford
Articled to H. T. Hazzledine, Esq., M.I.E.E., 1913-14.
WWI Four and a half years' service as infantry officer; active service, France and Belgium.
Technical education: Royal Coll. of Science for Ireland and University College, London.
1923-31 Chief Technical Assistant to Chief Turbine Designer of Brush Co
1931 Apppointed Chief Turbine Designer and Head of Turbine Department.
1928- Evening Class Lecturer in Applied Mechanics and Heat Engines at Univ. Coll., Nottingham.
Paul Stuart Wakefield, M.Sc.(Eng.), who died on the 27th March, 1951, was born on the 14th November, 1896. He was educated at Mountjoy School, Dublin, and Newtown School, Waterford; in 1913 he became an articled pupil with H. T. Hazzledine Ltd., electrical contractors, Nottingham. During the 1914-18 War he was commissioned in the West Yorkshire Regiment and saw service in France and Belgium where he suffered wounds which were to affect his health throughout the rest of his life. He was placed on the Special Reserve in 1919. After completing his studies at the Royal College of Science for Ireland and University College, London, he joined the Brush Electrical Engineering Co. in 1923 as Chief Assistant to the Chief Turbine Designer and Engineer. In 1931 he succeeded Mr. Chiltern in that position, which he held until 1944, when he was obliged to resign owing to ill-health. His services were, however, retained by the company for some years, and he was able to combine the duties of technical consultant with numerous activities in connection with engineering education, including the organization of post-graduate courses at the works school.
All who knew this kindly gentleman, particularly many young engineers in training in whom he took a great interest, will remember his fortitude and cheerfulness, in spite of the great strain on his courage arising from his war wounds, and his brilliant mind, which made no small contribution to the development of the radial-flow turbine.
He joined The Institution as a Graduate in 1922 and was elected an Associate Member in 1926 and a Member in 1946. He was an active and enthusiastic member of the East Midland Sub-Centre Committee 1937-41, and served as Chairman of the Sub-Centre 1941-42.