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James Chapman Amos

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James Chapman Amos (1836-1901) of Easton and Amos

Son of Charles Edwards Amos

West Barnet Lodge, Lyonsdown, Chipping Barnet of Easton and Amos.

1862 Patent to James Easton, Junior, Engineer and James Chapman Amos, Engineer, both of the Grove, Southwark, "improved machinery for sawing wood." [1]

Died 1900 aged 64.[2]


1901 Obituary [3]

JAMES CHAPMAN AMOS was born at Wandsworth, London, on 19th November 1836.

He was educated privately at Ramsgate, and afterwards at King's College School, London.

He studied engineering with the firm of his father, Mr. Charles E. Amos, who with Mr. James Easton founded the firm of Easton and Amos, of Southwark, of which he became a partner. He gave considerable attention to improvements in the laying of the earlier submarine telegraph cables, notably the China and Japan extension and the Panama cable for the Dutch Government.

His experiments with Mr. Appold on the centrifugal pump resulted in the adoption of their system by the Government in the extension works for the steam basin of the Portsmouth Dockyard. He also directed his attention to boiler economy, and in conjunction with the late Sir William Anderson brought out a boiler on the lines of the French "elephant" boiler.

Subsequently he practised as consulting waterworks engineer to the time of his sudden illness in May, 1900, and acted in that capacity to the Falmouth, South Hants, and South Essex Water Companies.

His death took place at Hastings on 10th November 1900, in his sixty-fourth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1867.


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Sources of Information

  1. Gazette Issue 22685 published on the 28 November 1862. Page 7 of 198
  2. The Engineer 1900/11/16, p495.
  3. 1901 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries