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Thomas Alexander Clark

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Thomas Alexander Clark (1857-1931)

1889 Superintendent of Workshops, George Heriot's Hospital School, Edinburgh.

1931 Obituary [1]

THOMAS ALEXANDER CLARK was looked upon as a pioneer of handicraft teaching in Scotland.

He was born in Ohio, U.S.A., in 1857, the son of Thomas Clark of Aberdeen, and was trained as a millwright and mechanical engineer.

In 1882 he was appointed superintendent of workshops at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, and in 1886 to a similar position at the George Heriot School, Edinburgh.

In 1904 he was appointed by the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland as lecturer on metal work for Irish manual instructors. He visited France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Norway and America to procure information regarding technical education in those countries.

He was the author of a school manual entitled "Workshop Notes and Sketches in Wood and Metal Work."

Mr. Clark, who died on 16th April 1931, had been a Member of the Institution since 1889.

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