ON April 1, Mr. Loughnan St. L. Pendred retired from the editorship of the Engineer, a post he has held with distinction for forty years, having in 1905 succeeded his father Mr. Vaughan Pendred (1836-1912), who had also been editor for forty years. The Engineer was founded in 1856, and Mr. Vaughan Pendred in 1865 succeeded the unusually talented but somewhat erratic engineering genius Zerah Colburn (1832-70) who, in 1866, founded Engineering. Mr. Vaughan Pendred, who was born in the county of Wicklow, in 1862, married Miss Marian Loughnan and went to England shortly afterwards. Before joining the Engineer, he edited the Mechanics Magazine, then the most important journal in Britain devoted to things mechanical. Mr. Loughnan Pendred was his second son, and was born in 1870. Educated at the Central Institution, South Kensington, and at Finsbury Technical College, where he came under the inspiring influence of Silvanus Thompson, John Perry and H.E. Armstrong, he gained practical experience at Colchester, Ghent and on the old Western Railway of France, and during 1893-96 he was employed in the ordnance department of Sir W. G. Armstrong, Mitchell and Co., at Elswick. He then joined his father in the office of the Engineer, and at the age of thirty-five succeeded to the editorial chair.