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James Dronsfield (c1869-1942)
1943 Obituary 
JAMES DRONSFIELD, whose death occurred at Colwyn Bay on 10th November 1942 in his seventy-third year, had been a director from 1901 of Messrs. Dronsfield Brothers, makers of textile machinery, Atlas Works, Oldham, and had been identified with his father's firm for the whole of his professional career, including his apprenticeship from 1888 to 1893. He received his general education at Manchester Grammar School.
During his long association with Messrs. Dronsfield, first as works manager from 1893 until 1901, and for the forty years of his directorship, he became well known in the engineering world and was responsible for many inventions, of which the patent rights of no less than sixty were granted to him.
Mr. Dronsfield was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1895 and was transferred to Membership in 1904.