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William Coward Sharp

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William Coward Sharp (c1901-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"WILLIAM COWARD SHARP, whose death occurred on 9th February 1949, in his forty-eighth year, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1947. He received his technical education at the West Hartlepool Technical College, and at the same time served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Richardson Westgarth and Company, Ltd. He then entered the drawing office of that firm and was engaged on the design of marine engines, turbines, and boilers, and subsequently he assisted in the development of double-acting, two-stroke oil engines and carried out associated sea trials.

In 1934 he joined the Billingham Division of Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd., where he was principally engaged in the design of hydrogenation plant and refinery equipment. During the last four years he played a major part in the design of the Nylon polymer plant which was recently completed at Billingham."

E. H. Salisbury, M.Sc., M.I.Mech.E.

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