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Leslie Bradford Cook

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Leslie Bradford Cook (c1907-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

LESLIE BRADFORD COOK, Wh. Sc., was educated at Bedford School and at the Manchester College of Technology, where he attended courses in mechanical and electrical engineering. In 1929 he also obtained a Whitworth Scholarship. After serving his apprenticeship from 1925 to 1929 with the National Gas and Oil Engine Company at Ashton-under-Lyne, he proceeded abroad to take up an appointment with Messrs. Stewarts and Lloyds of South Africa, Ltd., where he filled the positions of assistant to the chief engineer in Johannesburg, assistant branch engineer in Cape Town, and assistant to the chief engineer controlling the technical department for South Africa and Rhodesia while occupying the last-named position he was responsible for the design and installation of complete power stations.

Shortly after his return from a six months' visit to England on his firm's business, in 1934, he was promoted to the engineering staff of the head technical department in Johannesburg. Three years later he was appointed branch engineer in Bulawayo, and took charge of the firm's contracts for the N'cema water scheme. He visited England in 1939, in connection with new developments in Diesel engines, and in the following year he returned to Johannesburg as senior engineer in the head technical department. He held the latter position until his death, which occurred on 2nd September 1941, at the early age of thirty-four.

Mr. Cook was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1929 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1937. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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