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Walter Stanley Bott

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Walter Stanley Bott (c1875 -1941)

1941 Obituary [1]

WALTER STANLEY BOTT, whose death occurred on 26th March 1940, in his sixty-fifth year, received his early training with Messrs. A. Ransome and Company, London and Newark on Trent. He joined in 1890 and remained there until 1904, by which time he had risen to be chief draughtsman and superintendent of works orders.

He then went to the Coventry Ordnance Works, and was engaged in the organization of a new drawing office for that firm. In 1906 he was appointed a departmental manager at the works of the Expanded Metal Company, West Hartlepool, a position which he occupied for three years. He assisted Mr. Louis Brennan at Gillingham, Kent, on his mono-rail locomotive in 1912, and after a period of study and chart making was for five years with Messrs. Arthur Lyon and Wrench, of Willesden, for whom he was engaged on the production of naval and military signal apparatus.

In 1919 he joined Messrs. Edison Accumulators, Ltd., and remained with them until 1922, his final position being that of service engineer. He subsequently became chief draughtsman to Scientific Projections, Ltd., of Farringdon Road, London, for whom he was engaged on the design of aerodrome landing floodlights, special lighting equipment for film studios, and shadowless lighting for hospital operating theatres. He remained with the firm from February 1930 until the time of his death.

Mr. Bott was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1900 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1902; he was awarded a Graduate's Prize for his paper on "Twelve months' Revision of a Drawing Office", and he also presented a paper on "American Woodworking Machinery", having visited the St. Louis Exhibition, U.S.A., in 1904.

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