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William Edwin Benbow

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William Edwin Benbow (1900-1953), editor of Iron and Steel

1954 Obituary [1]

WE have learned with regret bf the death of Mr. William Edwin Benbow, which occurred, suddenly, in London, on Tuesday last, December 29th.

Mr. Benbow was particularly well known in the iron and steel and foundry industries, having been editor for some years of our contemporary, Iron and Steel.

He was born in 1900 and began his technical career in 1917 in the metallurgical laboratories of Vickers, Ltd., Crayford.

Subsequently, Mr. Benbow became assistant to the chief draughtsman of Hooper and Co., Ltd., which was at that time engaged on aircraft production.

In 1921, he joined the staff of J. and E. Hall, Ltd., Dartford, as assistant to the works chemist and metallurgist. There he was largely concerned with foundry control, the routine control of engineering materials and the investigation of metallurgical problems associated with refrigeration.

Mr. Benbow took up technical journalism in 1929, when he was appointed assistant editor of Metal Industry and Iron and Steel Industry (now Iron and Steel), and a little later he became the first editor of Welding and Metals Fabrication. He succeeded the late Mr. L. P. Sidney as editor of Iron and Steel in 1935.

Other work for which Mr. Benbow was responsible in recent years included the editing of a book entitled Steels in Modern Industry to which twenty-nine specialist authors contributed. Mr. Benbow was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1936.

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