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Robert Watson (1901-1950)

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Robert Watson (1901-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"ROBERT WATSON spent practically the whole of his professional career in the engineering laboratory of the Admiralty at West Drayton, where he was chiefly concerned with the development and erection of experimental engines for service in submarines. He was educated at the Sunderland Municipal Technical College and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. J. Dickinson and Sons, Ltd., Palmer's Hill Engineering Works, Sunderland, from 1916 to 1922.

After two years' experience at sea as marine engineer in ships of the British Tanker Company, Ltd., during which he rose from fourth to second engineer, he entered the service of the Admiralty as an engineering laboratory assistant, where he remained until his death, which occurred on 11th August 1950 at the age of forty-nine.

He was made a technical assistant in 1939 and six years later became a mechanical engineering technical assistant. During 1944 and 1945 his services were lent to the Director of Scientific Research, with the grant of a special commission in the R.N.V.R. In April 1950 he was appointed inspector (engineering) at H.M. Dockyard, Rosyth. Mr. Watson had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1948. "

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