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James Stanley Atkinson (1882-1943)
1944 Obituary 
JAMES STANLEY ATKINSON, whose death occurred in his sixty-first year on 18th September 1943, was the founder and for nearly thirty years managing director of Messrs. Stein and Atkinson combustion engineers and furnace constructors, Westminster.
He was born in 1882 and after serving his apprenticeship from 1898 to 1903 in the drawing office of Messrs. John Cochrane, of Barrhead, gained further experience as an erector to Messrs. Joseph Adamson and Company, of Hyde. In 1904 he went to sea and was employed as fourth and, later, as third engineer in full charge of watch. In the same year he joined Messrs. Manlove, Alliott and Company, of Nottingham, as draughtsman, remaining with the firm for two years. He then accepted an appointment as leading draughtsman to Messrs. Wellman Seaver and Head, Ltd., and in the following year assumed the duties of engineer of that firm's business in France, being subsequently placed in charge of their entire continental interests as manager, with responsibility for the erection of plant in steel works.
This position he retained until 1915 when he established the firm of Messrs. Stein and Atkinson, which under his direction rapidly expanded. Mr. Atkinson made numerous contributions to the proceedings of the various technical societies of which he was a member. He was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1907 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1910, and to Membership in 1925.