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Samuel Cooke (1844-1899)
1899 Obituary 
SAMUEL COOKE, son of the Rev. John Cooke, of Tramore, Waterford, was born at Waterford on the 22nd May, 1844. He was educated at Dublin University, where he graduated in Arts and obtained the first place in the examination for the engineering diploma granted by that University.
In August, 1868, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for India Professor of Chemistry and Geology in the Civil Engineering College at Poona, now known as the College of Science. Professor Cooke held that post for the remainder of his life, and, in addition to its duties, acted from time to time as Principal of the College, being formally appointed to the latter office in 1893.
He was a Fellow of the University of Bombay, and in 1896 was elected Dean in Civil Engineering. He was also a Fellow of the Geological Society, of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Institute of Chemistry, and a Corresponding Member of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain.
Professor Cooke died at Clifton on the 26th February, 1899.
In addition to his scholastic duties, he was the author of several works, among which may be mentioned “First Principles of Chemistry,” “Students’ Practical Chemistry,” “First Principles of Astronomy,” “Forests and Rab in India,” and “The Foundations of Scientific Agriculture.”
He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 5th December, 1876, and was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members.