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George Ness (1869-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

GEORGE NESS was connected for many years with the Scottish Boiler and General Insurance Company, Ltd. He was born in Glasgow in 1869 and received his technical education at the Glasgow College of Science and Art, and later at the Andersonian University (now the Royal Technical College).

After serving his apprenticeship from 1884 to 1889 with Messrs. A. and P. Steven, Ltd., he went to sea as a marine fitter, and later as marine engineer, with Messrs. Lees, Anderson and Company, eventually obtaining his first-class Board of Trade Certificate. He joined the Scottish Boiler Insurance Company as surveyor in 1894 and two years later was transferred to the technical staff. In 1898 he was made chief engineer at the London office of the London and Scottish Boiler Insurance Company. After eight years he was appointed to a similar position with the Scottish Boiler and General Insurance Company, at Glasgow. He subsequently became joint manager of the company and in 1934 he was appointed general manager.

He was particularly interested in the adoption of electric power for industrial purposes and was responsible for the electrification of Pumpherston Oil Works and for the installation of the first electrical winding plant in Scotland, at Tarbrax.

Mr. Ness, who was elected a Member of the Institution in 1909, will be remembered for the valuable services which he rendered to the Scottish Branch. In his capacity as chairman of the Branch from 1932 to 1934 he also served on the Council of the Institution. He was also a vice-president of the West of Scotland Iron and Steel Institute.

He retired at the close of 1935 and lived at Oakleigh Park, North London, where his death occurred on 5th December 1937.

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