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Walter Richards Martin

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Walter Richards Martin (1860-1893)

1894 Obituary [1]

WALTER RICHARDS MARTIN, son of the late Mr. John Martin, of Whatton House, Leicestershire, was born on the 15th of May, 1860, and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge.

In January, 1884, he was articled to Tancred, Arrol and Co, and on the expiration of his pupilage was employed by that firm as an assistant engineer on the erection of the Forth Bridge. He rendered valuable service in the setting-out both of the foundations and of the steel work, but unfortunately his health broke down from exposure during severe weather.

After a winter abroad, however, he returned to the Forth Bridge and assisted in the calculations relative to strains, deflections and other matters to be allowed for in the erection of the cantilevers, in which work his mathematical knowledge was of great use. But his health again failed and, to the regret of all with whom he was associated, he was compelled to leave Queensferry in the autumn of 1888, before the completion of the bridge.

Mr. Martin did very little work after leaving the Forth Bridge. His health gradually became worse and he died in London on the 17th of November, 1893.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 6th of December, 1887.

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