Elected: 1958
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Professor William Ewart John Farvis CBE FRSE
Ewart Farvis was born on 12th December 1911 in Bristol and educated there at the bluecoat school, Queen Elisabeth’s Hospital. On leaving school he served a four-year engineering apprenticeship. He entered Bristol University with a Merchant Venturers’ Scholarship, graduating BSc(Eng) in 1936 with First Class Honours in Electrical Engineering and was awarded the Institution of Electrical Engineers Prize for the best student in the class. He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1958. He was awarded a CBE in 1978 and, towards the end of his career (1987) he was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

In 1937, he was appointed Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at University College, Swansea. By that time he had acquired experience, notably at British Thomson-Houston (BTH) in Rugby, of power station operation and maintenance, and also of heavy-current plant manufacture. He remained at Swansea until called away in 1940 to war service.

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