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Benjamin Alfred Howes

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Benjamin Alfred Howes, American engineer. Member American Society for Testing Materials, Society American Military Engineers, National Society Professional Engineers, Association Federal Architects, Society Massachusetts Institute Technology.

Background

Howes, Benjamin Alfred was born on August 4, 1875 in Keene, New Hampshire, United States. Son of Benjamin Thomas and Maria Adelaide (Holt) Howes.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1897.

Career

With Frank Sprague, Sprague Multiple Unit System, New York, 1897-1900. Mining equipment, design and construction, with Randfontein Estates, South Africa, and Thomas Robins, Paris and London, 1900-1903. Research and construction, sand-lime brick, 1903-1905.

Private practice, New York, 1905-1933. Special problems, reinforced concrete, power plants, electro-metallurgy (including microanlaysis in such investigations), coal mining, oil production and transport, power public utilities, school and camp planning and operation. Staff engineer Federal Emergency Relief Administration, 1934.

Senior engineer, chief of Materials Intake Section, Resettlement Administration, 1934-1938. Senior engineer, chief specifications and materials section United States Housing Authority, 1938-1942. Senior archaeology engineer, chief materials section, Federal Public Housing Administrn.

Developed specifications for 2½ billion dollars of government and war housing.

Works

  • Author: Building by a Builder, 1914. Technical articles on concrete building construction.

Membership

Member American Society for Testing Materials, Society American Military Engineers, National Society Professional Engineers, Association Federal Architects, Society Massachusetts Institute Technology.

Connections

Married Ethel D. Puffer, August 5, 1908. Children: Ellen Dench (Mistress.

father:
Benjamin Thomas Howes

mother:
Maria Adelaide (Holt) Howes

spouse:
Ethel D. Puffer

child:
Ellen Dench (Mrs Howes