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Francis Murray Newton

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Francis Murray Newton (1852-1903)

1904 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS MURRAY NEWTON, born in 1852 at Barton Grange, Taunton, was educated at Eton and at University College, Oxford.

Taking up astronomical work, he was attached to the Government expedition to Egypt, to observe the Transit of Venus, which he did from Cairo on the 8th December, 1874.

On his return to England he went through the works of Easton and Anderson, at Erith, and in 1879 he became a master at Eton, being placed in charge of the Practical Mechanics Department. After two years of this work ill-health compelled him to resign.

Ultimately he started electrical works in Taunton, and after a time erected the works close to Taunton Station, now known as the Newton Electrical Works, of which, on the formation of a Limited Company, he was appointed Managing Director.

Mr. Newton died suddenly at Lancaster on the 16th August, 1903.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 4th February, 1879.

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