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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Surendranath Ghosh

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Surendranath Ghosh (1885-1937)


1937 Obituary [1]

SURENDRANATH GHOSH was for many years chief electrical engineer to the Tata Iron and Steel Company, Ltd., Jamshedpur. He was born at Benares in 1885 and matriculated at the University of Allahabad in 1901. He then continued his training at the Central Hindu College at Benares, and in 1905 came to London, where he studied electrical engineering at the Polytechnic, Regent Street. A year later he entered the Trafford Park works of the British Westinghouse Electrical and Manufacturing Company, Ltd., as an indentured apprentice and served until 1910. After gaining further practical experience with the firm as a dynamo tester and later as a switchboard attendant, he returned to India and became a lecturer at the Civil Engineering College, Sibpur, Calcutta. In 1914 he joined the Tata Iron and Steel Company, and was responsible for the electrification of the works. Shortly after the War great difficulty was experienced in obtaining supplies and mechanical equipment from abroad, but Mr. Ghosh was able to devise methods of manufacturing many of these requirements locally, so that extensions to the works could be carried out without undue delay. He frequently delivered lectures to technical institutions on the electrification of factories and on engineering education, in which he was keenly interested. During his retirement he acted as examiner to various universities in the United Provinces, Bihar, Punjab, and Bengal, and was also a member of the advisory boards of several engineering institutions. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1917, and was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. His death occurred at Benares on 17th July 1936.


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