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Evelyn Edward Porter

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Evelyn Edward Porter (c1864-1917)

1918 Obituary [1]

EVELYN EDWARD PORTER received his early education at St. Mark's School, Windsor, and at Sherborne School.

After a two years' course at the Crystal Palace Company's School of Practical Engineering he was for a short time a premium apprentice with the Consolidated Telephone Construction and Maintenance Company, Ltd.

He then took a laboratory course of sugar analysis and obtained an appointment on a sugar estate in the West Indies.

In 1886 he was appointed Manager to the China and Japan Telephone Company and remained with that Company for about 11 years; during part of this period he also served as Secretary to the Shanghai Electric Light Company.

In 1897 he founded the electrical contracting business of E. E. Porter and Company, which was later, in 1905, converted into a limited company, Mr Porter being appointed managing director, a position which he held until his retirement in April 1910. He then returned to England and lived at Weybridge, Surrey, where he died on the 28th April, 1917, at the age of 53.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1885 and a Member in 1893.

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