Bio:Tremlett Carter


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Edward Tremlett Carter was born in Calcutta, the eldest of 10 surviving children. Brought to England at a young age, he was privately educated at Bristol, and later at the Merchant Venturers' College in that city and at Bristol University College. Completing his studies in Physics and Engineering under Professors Hele Shaw and Silvanus Thompson, he remained for a short time at the College as a demonstrator, until he obtained an appointment at the School of Electrical Engineering and Submarine Telegraphy, first as an assistant to Lant Carpenter and afterwards as a lecturer at the school. Concurrently with this appointment he practiced as a consulting engineer, and was a frequent contributor to the technical press. On the closing of the School of Electrical Engineering in 1893 he joined the permanent staff of the Electrician. Upon the retirement of the editor there in 1895, Mr. Carter became an assistant editor. Sometime after 1897, he became editor-in-chief.

In addition to his 1895 science fiction book "The People of the Moon", which dealt with hypothetical electrical properties of the "ether", his primary engineering work was "Motive Power and Gearing for Electrical Machinery". Mr. Carter interested himself in astronomy, astrophysics, the bearing of astronomical phenomena, and evolution theory of the universe. He was a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the Société des Ingénieurs Civils de France, the Physical Society of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

In 1899 a severe bout of pleurisy and bronchitis forced him to give up work. His health declined after that, with serious damage to his lungs, and he died in 1903 at Clevedon, Somerset.


Biographical information from the obituary in the Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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