Morley Donaldson occupies a high
official position on the Grand Trunk Railway, having served as General
Superintendent of the Canada Atlantic Ry., graduating into the operating
class as a result of his successful engineering experience.
Malcolm Hugh MacLeod, Chief Engineer
and General Manager of the Canadian Northern Ry., achieved this position
as the result of a successful career in railway engineering on various
I might also mention Duncan
MacPherson, assistant to the Chairman of the Board of the National
As an example of the class whose
field has been entirely civil engineering and who have made a specialty of
bridge work, a leader in this branch of the profession, is Charles
Macdonald. Born in Canada in 1837, of Scottish descent, he is a graduate
of Queen’s University, Canada, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of
Troy, N. Y. He has been Engineer of Construction, Grand Trunk Ry. in
Michigan, and P. & R. Ry., Engineer of the Poughkeepsie Bridge; Merchants’
Bridge, St. Louis; Leavenworth (Kansas) Bridge; and the Great Hawksburg
I presume that engineers will be
glad to yield to John Hays Hammond the position of peer of the mining
branch of engineering. He was born in San Francisco, in 1855, of Scottish
descent, and was educated at Yale and also at Freiberg, Saxony. At one
time he was engaged in the United States Geological Survey service; later
with the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, and the Central and Southern
Pacific Railways, and Consulting Engineer for Barnato Brothers. For a
number of years he was associated with Cecil Rhodes, of whom he was a
strong supporter, and was at one time in jeopardy of his life as one of
the leaders of the Reform Movement in South Africa. He has been consulting
mining engineer in almost every part of the world, and was Special
Ambassador, appointed by President Taft, at the Coronation of George V. As
a lecturer and writer on scientific and economic subjects, he has rendered
most valuable contributions to the profession and to the world.
Among other mining engineers of
Scottish descent I might mention the late Frank McMillan Stanton and John
Robert Stanton, brothers, who acquired prominence and reputation in the
development of low-grade copper areas and particularly in the Lake
Superior copper region.
Other engineers of Scottish descent
who have acquired reputation in the mining field are: Philip Argall,
Consulting Mining Engineer of Denver, Colo., a member of various
scientific societies and the author of books on metallurgy, mining, etc.;
William Nivan, mineralogist, who has a record of having discovered three
new minerals and two prehistoric cities. He is a member of scientific
societies and contributor to valuable scientific publications; James
Douglas, metallurgist and mining engineer, developer of the Phelps-Dodge
properties in Arizona and Mexico, inventor of processes for the
wet-extraction of copper and the first to extract copper electrolytically
on a commercial basis.
Among the architects, I might
mention John M. Donaldson, of Detroit, Mich., designer of many important
buildings and a member of numerous scientific societies.
In the electrical field is Wm. Chas.
Lawson Eglin, Chief Engineer of the Philadelphia Electric Co., who has
designed many important electrical installations and power houses
throughout the eastern portion of the United States.
In the field of research,
authorship, and instruction are quite a number of Scots by birth, or
descent, who have rendered valuable service in the development of the
Richard C. Maclaurin, a native of
Lindean, Scotland, President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has
held many professorships, has been honored by various degrees, and is the
author of a number of valuable books.
Alexander C. Humphreys, a native of
Edinburgh, President of Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, is a
pioneer in the development of the modern gas industry and one of thc
leading illuminating engineers.
Herbert Michael Wilson, Engineer
United States Bureau of Mines, is a member of numerous societies and
author of books and reports on coal, fires, and mines.
T. Brailsford Robertson, Professor
of Chemistry, University of California, has made a specialty of
fertilization and is the author of valuable hooks.
Alexander Wilmar Duff, Professor of
Physics in Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is a holder of numerous
degrees, and the author of books on mechanics, measurements, etc.
George Robert McDermott has made a
specialty of naval architecture, is a professor in Cornell University,
previous to which he held responsible positions in the engineering world,
a member of scientific bodies, and the author of valuable books on
Angus Sinclair, a native of
Forfarshire, is an authority on fuel economy in locomotive service, author
of handbooks published in many languages, and publisher of Locomotive
Engineering, New York.
Edward Provan Carthcart, Professor
at Carnegie Institute, has made organic chemistry his specialty.
William Francis Gray Swann,
Professor at Carnegie Institute, whose specialty has been magnetism, is
the author of valuable books thereon.
Anthony McGill, Professor of
Chemistry, Toronto University, has been the recipient of various degrees
and is a member of numerous societies.
Among the hydraulic engineers is
William Mulholland, consulting hydraulic engineer, who constructed the Los
Angeles Aqueduct, has been chief engineer of various water works, and is
an engineer who has acquired prominence on the Pacific Coast.
I desire also to especially mention
John Thomson, who worthily prides himself on being a Scot, who has
rendered great service not only to America but to the civilized world
through numerous mechanical inventions and developments, among others the
first practical commercial water meter; he has assisted in carrying
improvements of the printing press to the present high standards, and has
rendered valuable service as an expert in the adjustment of admiralty
I could burden this article with a
continuation of many names of similar character, but the number is so
numerous it is impossible to do so in the space assigned to me. I could
also amplify on the individual attainments of these gentlemen, but
additional data in regard thereto will doubtless be found in the text of
JOHN FINDLEY WALLACE.
New York City.