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Robert Herbert Blackburn

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Robert Herbert Blackburn (1884- )

1922 Assoc.M. Inst.C.E., Civil Engineer, r, Beeches Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire; b. 1884; s. of S. Blackburn (d.), contractor, Bradford, Yorks. Ed. Belle Vue Higher Grade School, Bradford; Technical College, Bradford; and Manchester University. Junior Assistant to T. Barker and Son, Assoc.M.M.Inst.C.E., consulting and civil engineers, Bradford, and afterwards for 10 years their Chief Assistant, during which time many very large contracts were carried out with special reference to mill, factory and engineering works, including power plants. In March, 1914, entered the firm of Edward Wood and Co., Ltd., structural engineers, Ocean Ironworks, Manchester, as designer, and for 4 years was engaged on designs (many over L000 tons), for such works as National Shell Factories, Gun Shops, Erecting Shops for Tanks, Store Buildings of all descriptions, Forge Shops, Toluol Plants, Aeroplane Factories and Hangars, Chemical and Gas-Producer Works, Bunkers, Iron and Steel Works, also Sheds and Factories for France and structures for Harbour developments, etc., in all parts of the world. In April, 1918, was appointed Chief Structural Engineer to Herbert Morris, Ltd., Empress Works, Loughborough, with special reference to Electric Runways, and has since been engaged on large contracts for Government Departments and private firms for handling all kinds of materials inside the works and in transporter gear for dealing with material from canals and railways, also schemes for handling traffic at most of the biggest ports in England. Was a Member of the Society of Architects for a number of years; late student Royal Institute of British Architects. Lecturer in Building Construction, Structural Engineering and Geometry, City of Bradford Technical College, 1900-14; and Demonstrator in Surveying for many years; Lecturer in Structural Mechanics, Loughborough Coll., 1920-I.

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