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Alexander Marcet

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Alexander Marcet (1859-1903) of J. and E. Hall

1903 Obituary [1]

ALEXANDER MARCET, a Director of J. and E. Hall, Ltd., died on the 21st March, 1903, at his residence, 3 Buckingham Gate, after a short illness.

Born in London in 1859, he was the only son of the late Dr. William Marcet, F.R.S., well known for his scientific research work, and, after being educated at Marlborough College, he served his pupilage with George Forrester and Co, of Liverpool, makers of large marine engines.

He subsequently attended a course of lectures in the Engineering Department at University College, London.

In 1883 he joined the staff of the East Ferry Road Engineering Works, and was placed in charge of the erection of hydraulic machinery at the Millwall Docks. In 1887 he became a partner in the firm of J. and E. Hall, who at that time were about to introduce their carbonic anhydride refrigerating machine, having previously manufactured refrigerating machines on the sir-compression system. His ability and originality as an engineer, combined with sound judgment and unflagging energy, contributed materially to the success that has attended the manufacture of the "CO2" machine. He originated several of the patents and many of the minor but important improvements which from time to time have become part of J. and E. Hall’s practice.

Mr. Marcet was a member of the Athenaum Club, and was well known as an experienced yachtsman, having carried off many prizes at the regattas of the Royal Thames and Corinthian Yacht Clubs. He was held in high esteem for his sterling worth, and his firm but just and kindly ways.

Mr. Marcet was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 3rd February, 1885.

1903 Obituary [2]

1903 Obituary.[3]

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