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MR. A. H. HIORNS, who died on April 17, was for many years head of the metallurgical depart¬ment of the Birmingham Municipal Technical School. He commenced teaching metallurgy about 1875 in branch evening classes under the auspices of the Birmingham and Midland Institute. Later he was transferred to the central school, and was so successful as a teacher that he was granted leave of absence in 1882 and 1883 to study at South Kensington under Sir W. Roberts-Austen. On his return to Birmingham he organised a new metallurgical department at the Birmingham and Midland Institute. As the work expanded, it was transferred to the Birmingham Municipal Tech¬nical ^School, where the enthusiasm and geniality of Mr. Hiorns gathered an ever-increasing number of students. Mr. Hiorns contributed papers on metallurgical subjects to various scien¬tific societies, but was best known as the author of a number of students' text-books, which have had a wide circulation, and include "Practical Metallurgy and Assaying,""Metallography,""Metal Colouring,""Iron and Steel,""Mixed Metals,"etc. He retired from teaching some eight years ago, and the latter part of his life was spent chiefly in rural pursuits.

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