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Alexander Manson Rymer-Jones

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Alexander Manson Rymer-Jones (1845-1881)

second son of Professor Thomas Rymer-Jones.

1881, 5th October. Died of fever in Valencia, Spain, aged 36. [1]

1882 Obituary [2]

MR. ALEXANDER MANSON RYMER-JONES, the second son of the late Professor Thomas Rymer-Jones, of King's College, London, was born on the 15th of July, 1845.

Articled to Mr. F. Campin, he studied with that gentleman as a civil and mechanical engineer until 1866, when he proceeded to Madras and joined the contractors on the Madras Railway as assistant agent, carrying out under them several important works.

Returning to England in 1871, he was employed by the late Mr. James Samuel, M.Inst.C.E., on the Mexican railways until 1872, and on the Boliva Railway by Messrs. Barnett and Gale, from 1873 to 1874, resigning on the transfer of the contract to other hands.

Subsequently he served at the Cape of Good Hope as engineer for roads and bridges, from 1875 to 1877.

In June 1880, he was engaged on the Conde d'Eu Railway, in Brazil, for Messrs. Wilson, Sons and Co., but owing to an attack of malarial fever, he had to return to England to recruit his health.

He then proceeded to Spanish Estremadura for Messrs. Matheson and Co., to carry out large railway works, but a return of malarial fever accompanied by dysentery caused his death on the 6th of October, 1881, at the age of thirty-six.

Amongst his various inventions was an automatic levelling machine, called the “Temnograph,” the perfection of which his early death prevented him from witnessing, but which has since been brought to completion.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 3rd of December, 1872.

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