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Isaac Beck

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Isaac Beck (1832-1909), presumably of Beck and Candlish of Sheffield

1909 Obituary [1]

ISAAC BECK was born on 22nd March 1832, at Whitby, where his father was engaged in the flax industry. In the following year the family migrated to Corbeil, a small town near Paris, where large flax-mills were erected.

On the sudden death of his father in 1848 the family returned to England, and the sons were trained as engineers.

Isaac Beck served his time from 1844 to 1849 at Messrs. E. B. Wilson and Co.'s Railway Foundry, Leeds, and at other works, and on its termination he became a fitter in the works of Messrs. Joshua Buckton and Co., Leeds, where for four years he had charge of the heavy-tool department.

From 1856 to 1859 he was manager of the tool works of Messrs. J. Goodworth and Co., of Leeds, and during the next six years he was works manager for Messrs. Easterbrook, Allcard and Co., of Sheffield.

In 1865 he started in business for himself as a general engineer and machine-tool maker, at Providence Works, Brown Street, Sheffield, where he also manufactured one or two of his inventions.

Owing to the death of his partner he gave up the works in 1896, and acted as consulting engineer and patent agent in Sheffield until 1908, when ill-health and advancing age compelled him to retire.

His death took place in Sheffield on 16th February 1909, in his seventy-seventh year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1901; he was also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents.

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