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FARRINGTON, Hubert Richard, A.M.I.C.E., 57 Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow
IRON is one of the most widely distributed and abundant of the metals contained in the earth's crust; but, as it is found in the free metallic state only in meteorites, and can be reduced from its ores only by subjecting them to fierce heat under forced draught, its use by man lagged behind that of gold, silver, tin, lead and copper. The smith, none the less, played an important part in the development of early civilizations, and the iron founder made a vital contribution to the advance, during the eighteenth century, of the Industrial Revolution.
The Codes of Practice Committee which was established in December, 1942, as the result of negotiations initiated by the Ministry of Works in consultation with the Ministry of Health and other Government Departments handed over to the Institution of Structural Engineers the preparation of some of the contemplated Codes, particularly those that related to the Engineering in Buildings. Perhaps one of the more important, of these was the Code for Reinforced Concrete.