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George James Gibbs (c1867-1947)
1948 Obituary 
"GEORGE JAMES GIBBS was well known in Preston where he had been in practice as a consulting engineer for thirty-seven years. His activities in that direction were chiefly confined to acting in an advisory capacity to various public bodies, including the Lancashire County Council, and numerous industrial concerns in connection with schemes for the supply of power, lighting, and heating, but he was also recognized as one of the leading water engineers in the district, and had been adviser to many important water undertakings in surrounding counties.
He was educated at Bedford Modern School and at the City and Guilds of London Central Technical College, to which he won a scholarship. His first employment was that of draughtsman and assistant engineer to Mr. A. R. Sennett with whom he remained for six years. From 1894 to 1902 he filled positions first as crane draughtsman to Messrs. Grafton and Company, of Bedford, and later as engineer to Mr. H. Gibbs, of Bradford. After acting as chief engineer to Messrs. Porter Pilkington, Ltd., of Bamber Bridge, Preston, for four years, he went into practice in Preston in 1910. Mr. Gibbs, whose death occurred on 22nd February 1947, in his eightieth year, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1902.
He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He was responsible for the design and erection of the Observatory at Moor Park, Preston, and was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society."