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Richard Henry Greaves

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Richard Henry Greaves (c1887-1958) of Woolwich Arsenal


1958 Obituary [1]

WE record with great regret the death of Dr. Richard Henry Greaves, which occurred at his home, at 68, Eltham Park Gardens, London, S.E.9, on January 20. Dr. Greaves, who was seventy-one, was formerly director of metallurgical research at Woolwich Arsenal.

R. H. Greaves was born in Wales and studied at the University College, Cardiff. Early in his professional career, , he spent six years or so as a lecturer in metallurgy at Cardiff.

In the first world war, actually in 1916, he was appointed to the staff of the metallurgical research department of Woolwich Arsenal, a department to which he contributed much valuable work in the succeeding thirty years.

In 1932, Dr. Greaves became director of metallurgical research at Woolwich; in that appointment he was responsible for all kinds of research projects that the department had to undertake prior to and throughout the second world war.

He retired in 1946, and for some months thereafter did a great deal of work in connection with the formation of the Institution of Metallurgists. Dr. Greaves was a Fellow of that Institution, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry and a Member of the Iron and Steel Institute.

To us, the death of R. H. Greaves is a personal loss, as for many years he had written regularly on metallurgical matters for this journal. From 1935, until such time as paper restriction during the war compelled us to suspend its publication, Dr. Greaves edited our monthly supplement The Metallurgist, and in the years since the war he has contributed the "Metallurgical Topics" which appear every month. The last of these topics from his pen are included elsewhere in this issue. These contributions, like the many others he made to technical literature, were always faultlessly presented.

We gratefully remember R. H. G's. readiness at all times to help. At all times, too, he was modest about his own achievements, achievements which, during his long professional career, were by no means inconsiderable.


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