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Roosevelt Griffiths

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Roosevelt Griffiths (1903-1950) of Swansea University


1949/50 Obituary [1]

The death occurred at Swansea on 24 June 1950 of Mr. Roosevelt Griffiths, Lecturer in Metallurgy at the University College of Swansea.

Mr. Griffiths was born on 13 May 1903, attended Pontypridd Secondary School, and entered the University College of Swansea in 1922, graduating B.Sc. in 1925.

After a short period on the staff of Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, he returned to Swansea as a research assistant in 1926.

In 1927 he was appointed assistant lecturer, and in 1930 lecturer on the permanent staff of the College, a position which he held until his death. He was awarded the degree of M.Sc. in 1930 for a thesis on "The Oxidation of Steel with Special Reference to Blistering of the Oxide". His continued interest in this subject resulted in the award of Carnegie Scholarships in 1936 and 1938.

His publications include papers on oxide formation in the Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute and a text-book "Thermostats and Temperature Measuring Instruments". He took a considerable interest in local and national metallurgical societies, and was especially active in reviving interest in the South Wales Local Section of the Institute of Metals after the 1939-1945 war. In addition to holding office in this Section between 1931 and 1939, he was an ordinary Member of Council of the Institute from 1940 to 1945, and a Vice-President from 1945 to 1948, serving on the Membership, Meetings, Local Sections, and Future Policy Committees. He was also a member of the Iron and Steel Institute, a founder Fellow and Member of Council of the Institution of Metallurgists, and President of the Swansea and District Metallurgical Society for the session 1949-1950. He joined the Institute in 1930. D. W. HOPKINS.


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