Beaver, Hugh, Sir
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.
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