James Forrest (engineer)

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James Forrest
Born (1825-11-30)30 November 1825
Westminster, London, England
Died 2 March 1917(1917-03-02) (aged 91)
St. Leonard's-on-Sea, East Sussex, England
Monuments James Forrest Medal
Known for Secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers

James Forrest (30 November 1825 – 2 March 1917) was Secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 1856 to 1896.[1]

James Forrest was born in Westminster, London.[1] At the age of 17, in 1842, he became apprenticed to engineers Edward and John Manby before later moving on to work for Thomas Grainger.[1]

In 1850 he was contracted to assist Charles Manby catalogue the library of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Forrest edited the library catalogue published in 1851.[1] He was briefly Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society of Arts before returning to the Institution of Civil Engineers in June 1856 as Assistant Secretary.[1] In 1859 he was made Secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers.[1]

Forrest lived at 37 St. Michael's Grove in London during his career.[1] He died in 1917 at his home in St. Leonard's-on-Sea.[1]

The James Forrest Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers was established in his honour upon his retirement in 1896.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers II. London: Thomas Telford Publishing. March 2008. ISBN 978-0-7277-3504-1. Retrieved July 19, 2013.