S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Watt, Mr William Martin (agricultural engineering)

Born: 30 May 1879, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Died: 25 December 1918, Harare, Zimbabwe.

William Martin Watt, civil engineer, was the son of Hugh George Watt and his wife Amy Stanley, born Allan. In August 1904 he entered the civil service of the Cape Colony as assistant engineer in the Irrigation and Hydraulic Branch of the Public Works Department, where he remained until 1910. He was then appointed as agricultural engineer in the Department of Agriculture of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), a position in which he gave advice on private irrigation schemes during 1911 to 1914, when World War 1 (1914-1918) broke out.

Watt published an article on 'Thunderstorms and lightning conductors' in the Rhodesian Agricultural Journal (1912, Vol. 10, pp. 230-234). He also wrote a pamphlet on The dangers and prevention of soil erosion, published as Bulletin No. 300 of the Rhodesia Department of Agriculture (1913, 11 pp).


List of sources:

Bibliography of regional meteorological literature. Vol. 1. Southern Africa, 1486-1948 (Compiled by R.J. Venter). Pretoria: Weather Bureau, 1949.

Cape of Good Hope. Civil service list, 1906, 1910.

National Union Catalogue, pre-1956 imprints. London: Mansell, 1968-1980.

Scott, H. Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae. The succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation. New ed. (Vol. 5, p. 339). Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1925.

Southern Rhodesia. Report of the Director of Agriculture, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Community Trees" database, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3WP4-CN4 accessed 2016-01-04, entry for William Martin/Watt.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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