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Members of the Institution will learn with regret of the death of Mr. C. F. Chettle., (Member), a Director of Messrs. Archibald D. Dawnay & Sons, Ltd. Mr. Chettle entered the services of the Company 30 years ago after leaving Brdingly College. He had for many years taken an active part in the management of the Compamy's affairs, and was a prominent Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers.
In the preceding chapters of this series I have attempted to describe the achievements of some of the greatest British engineers. I have confined myself to famous names, and the men whose works are here analysed are all of the past. Hugh Myddelton belonged to the 16th and 17th centuries, Smeaton and Brindley to the 18th, while the two Rennies and Telford and Brunel carry us to the 19th, which latter century also gave us Robert Stephenson, Sir John Fowler, and Sir John Wolfe Barry. These are the old engineers, and we may ask what is their message to practitioners of to-day? In order to answer this question it may be advantageous to take a general survey of the lives and work of these redoubtable men who perhaps did more than any others to create the profession of engineering in this country. A few words may here be interpolated in defence of the order in which the engineers were presented in these pages. It was considered that a strictly chronological arrangement would have been inappropriate, inasmuch as the object of this series was not in the first instance to give an historical account of developments in engineering, but rather to establish the range and cultural significance of this particular activity. Consequently some of the most famous names of all were introduced at the beginning, so that the prestige of engineering and the genius of its foremost practitioners should immediately be recognised, while the later chapters serve to illustrate the extraordinary range of both the subject of engineering and of the talent which is devoted to its exposition. A. Trystan Edwards
I had tea with Charles Dickens at Wright’s Coffee House, Charing Cross, about 1870. I remember Sir Benjamin Baker in his early days when he was working as a draughtsman in Sir John Fowler’s office. He was well appreciated at that time, as one day he was not looking well and Sir John (then Mr. Fowler) said to him, “ Here’s a cheque for £50 take a month’s holiday with it.” About 1882 Sir John Lubbock (afterwards Lord Avebury) showed me over his collection of ants and flint implements, and I had tea with his family. I went from there to see Charles Darwin, who lived near, but as he was at dinner I would not disturb him; I am a great admirer of his books and his patient investigations. I met Prof. J. Macquorn Rankine at the first Conversazione of the Institution of Civil Engineers that I attended. Professor Henry Adams