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George Frederick Charnock

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Professor George Frederick Charnock (c1860-1929) of the Engineering Department, Bradford Technical College.

1929 Died


1929 Obituary [1]

Professor GEORGE FREDERICK CHARNOCK was Chairman of the Yorkshire Branch of the Institution in 1924-25 and had since been a Member of Council.

At the time of his death on 7th November 1929 he had just completed the preparation of his Paper on "Bearings for Line-Shafting," which had been accepted for reading and discussion at the General Meeting of the Institution on 13th December and is printed in the present volume of the "Proceedings." He did not live, therefore, to present the Paper himself and these circumstances intensified the sense of loss felt by the members of the Institution.

Professor Charnock was born in Leeds sixty-nine years ago. He was trained at the Yorkshire College, now Leeds University, and as a pupil and assistant to Mr. H. P. Holt, consulting engineer of Leeds.

After a further period of practical experience upon the construction of the railway between Preston and Southport, he was appointed in 1883 chief assistant to Mr. J. H. Dales, first head of the Engineering Department of Bradford Technical College.

He succeeded Mr. Dales a few years later, and in 1904 was appointed as Professor of Engineering. During his long tenure of this position he kept in close contact with commercial engineering, and 40,000 commercial tests were carried out under his direction at Bradford Technical College.

Of late years he had specialized in mill engineering, and his last Paper, to which reference has been made, is an excellent indication of the extent to which Professor Charnock combined high scientific attainments with extensive practical knowledge and experience.



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