Author: King, Jeffrey William Hitchen
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King, Jeffrey William Hitchen
A Joint Meeting with the British Section of the Societe des Ingenieurs Civils de France was held at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London, S.W.1,on Thursday, 30th May, 1946, at 6 p.m. The Chair was taken by Mr. Conrad Gribble, O.B.E., M.I.C.E., President of the British Section, who was supported by the President of the Institution, Prof. H. J. Collins.
THE PRESIDENT (Mr. F.E. Drury, M.Sc., M.I.Struct.E.) said that no doubt the members knew something about the strength of aluminium structures, but they did not know a great deal, perhaps, about aluminium and its alloys. The paper gave them an opportunity, therefore, to broaden their minds on this subject, especially from a metallurgical point of view.
But for the war the election of Professor John Collins as President of the Institution of Structural Engineers would have taken place several sessions ago. For the six years from November 1939 until September 1945 he was out of action as far as the Institution was concerned, being on active service in the wider sphere of the Second World War-and for the second time in his career. For that reason, his name may not be so well known to the younger members of the present generation as it is to their immediate predecessors.