Person NameHowe; George William Osborn (1875-1960); James Watt Professor of Electrical Engineering, Glasgow University
ForenamesGeorge William Osborn
EpithetJames Watt Professor of Electrical Engineering, Glasgow University
ActivityGeorge William Osborn Howe (1875-1960) was born in Kent on 4 December 1875 and died on 7 November 1960. He was educated at school in Greenwich and at Armstrong College, Durham University. After an apprenticeship in Greenwich, he became an electrical engineer with Siemens-Schuckert in Berlin, from 1900 to 1902, and then became a lecturer at Hull Technical College (1903-1905). From 1905 to 1920 he was at Imperial College, South Kensington, London, first as lecturer and from 1909 as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was for a year at the National Physical Laboratory. In 1921 he was appointed James Watt Professor of Electrical Engineering at Glasgow University, a post he held until 1946. He was awarded the Faraday Medal by the Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1956. He published widely in books and periodicals, and was for many years editor of 'Wireless Engineer'.
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