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Francis William Stokes (1883-1956), B.Sc., Assoc.M. Inst.C.E.
1883 Born in Mansfield, son of William E. Stokes, iron founder, secretary of building society, employer
1893-1900 Mansfield Grammar School
1900-1903 University College, Nottingham
1903-6 Practical training with Belliss and Morcom
1906-7 Vaughan and Son Ltd
1907-8 Richard Garrett and Sons Ltd as assistant works manager
1908 Joined Willans and Robinson
1911 Francis Stokes 27, mechanical engineer, sales branch, of a turbine and engine manufacturer, lived in Dunchurch, Rugby with Margaret Stokes 29
1911 Head of the turbine estimating departments of Willans and Robinson; elected as Associate Member of the Inst Civil Engineers.
1917 Gained the first of 20+ patents, on casting machines, etc
Inventor of patented centrifugal Casting Machines.
1920 Patent on Centrifugal casting machines
1922 Man. Dir. of Stokes Castings, Ltd., Union Foundry, Mansfield.
1939 Francis William Stokes was Director-Engineers-Casting; lived in Mansfield with Margaret Stokes
1940 Managing Director of Sheepbridge Stokes Centrifugal Castings Co
1956 Died in Notts.