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James Henry Brown

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James Henry Brown (c1871-1946)

1946 Obituary [1]

JAMES HENRY BROWN retained a close connection with engineering in the Manchester district throughout his career. He received his technical training at the Manchester School of Technology and served a seven years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., on the conclusion of which in 1896 he remained with that firm as a draughtsman for a further twelve years. He then became interested in water-cooling apparatus and, going into business on his own account, was closely concerned with the design, manufacture, and installation of the requisite plant, of which he was the patentee.

He became manager to the Lancashire Water Cooling Company of Manchester in 1909, but continued meanwhile, to develop his own business until 1921, when it was taken over by Messrs. Peter Brotherhood, Ltd., engineers (whose staff he had joined two years previously). Mr. Brown's association with Messrs. Peter Brotherhood lasted until his death, which occurred on 6th December 1945, in his seventy-fourth year. In addition to his duties as Manchester District Manager he was in control of the firm's water-cooling department with responsibility for all contracts.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1911.

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