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Alexander Edward Beck

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Alexander Edward Beck (c.1866-1932) of W. H. Beck and Co

1866 Born in London, son of William Henry Beck

1911 Consulting engineer, employer, lived in Lewisham with Annie Elizabeth Beck 43, Annie Edith Lilian Beck 19[1]


1932 Obituary [2]

ALEXANDER EDWARD BECK received part of his education at Cassel, Germany.

He commenced his apprenticeship in 1882 with Messrs. H. Young and Company, iron founders, Pimlico, and during this period attended evening classes.

He gained further experience in the workshops of Messrs. A. H. Bateman and Company and the Great Eastern Railway, Stratford, and in 1886 entered the office of his father (the late Mr. W. H. Beck, M.I.Mech.E.) as draughtsman.

In 1889 he went out to Sydney to superintend the erection of refrigerating machinery and became works manager for Messrs. A. D. Nelson and Company of Sydney.

On his return in 1892 he became assistant engineer and subsequently a partner in his father's business, and was responsible for the design and erection of ice-making and refrigeration plant and heating and ventilating apparatus.

Mr. Beck eventually took up consulting work on his own account.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1901. He was also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Patent Agents and worked as a patent agent for many years.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. 1932 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries