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William Francis Melhuish

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William Francis Melhuish (c1842-1913)

1913 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM FRANCIS MELHUISH died in July, 1913, at the age of 71.

He entered the service of the Electric and International Telegraph Company in 1858, and for 39 years devoted his attention to telegraphic matters.

He invented the inductive system of telegraphy in which parallel lines are run on either side of a stretch of water. He read a paper on this subject before the Institution in 1890, entitled "Signalling Across Rivers in India," and was awarded the Paris Electrical Exhibition Premium.

He became successively Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, Chief Superintendent Electrician, Director of Traffic, and Deputy Director-General in the Indian Government Telegraph Department.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1874.

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