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Alexander Thomas Bean

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Alexander Thomas Bean (c1853-1956)


1956 Obituary [1]

Seldom, if indeed at all, during this journal's first century of publication have we had to record the decease of a centenarian engineer.

Mr. Alexander Thomas Bean, who died at his home in London on October 22nd, had celebrated his 103rd birthday in August and did not, we believe, retire from his consulting practice until he was over a hundred years old.

Mr. Bean served as a premium pupil in the early 1870s with the well-known firm of Harvey and Co., at Hayle, Cornwall, and was there engaged in the building of Cornish engines.

Subsequently, for many years, he was engaged in consulting work in Westminster, in partnership with Mr. Rogers Field.

Mr. Bean had been a member of the Society of Engineers for fifty-three years. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Cornish Engines Preservation Society, and as recently as a month ago had written to that society, on the occasion of its annual meeting, expressing his continuing interest in its work.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1956/11/02