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Beaver, Hugh, Sir

Born: 1890 AD
Died: 1967 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Engineers, Industrialist

1890 – Hugh Beaver was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

         – Educated at Wellington College, Berkshire.

1910-1912 – Served in the Indian Police force.

1921 – Returned to England, before joining Alexander Gibb and Partners, Engineers.

1940-1945 – He was a partner of the firm Alexander Gibb and Partners, Engineers.

1943 – He was knighted.

         – Director General and Controller General of the Ministry of Works.

1946 – Became a managing director of Arthur Guinness, Son and Co Ltd.

1948 – Member of the Building Industry Working Party.

1951 – Director of the Colonial Development Corporation.

1952 – Chairman of the Committee on Power Station Construction.

         – He advised on the Great Smog of in London.

1953 – As a result of his advice on Smog, Beaver was made chairman of the committee on Air Pollution which resulted in the Clean Air Act.

1954 – Chairman of the Advisory Council on Scientific and Industrial Research.

1955 – Suggester and publisher of 1st edition of "The Guiness Book of World Records".

1956 – He was awarded a KBE.

1958 – Served as chairman of the Industrial Fund for the Advancement of Scientific Education in Schools.

         – With Sir Alan Wilson, he was a key sponsor of the creation of St Catherine’s College.

         – Received honorary degrees from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, Dublin, the National University of Ireland.

1960 – Honorary fellow of the London School of Economics.

1967 – He died in London.