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John Edward Livsey

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John Edward Livsey (1856-1915)

1915 Obituary [1]

JOHN EDWARD LIVSEY was born at Todmorden, Yorkshire, on 9th February 1856.

He served his apprenticeship from 1872-1875 with Lord Brothers, machine makers, and Messrs. J. Barker and Sons, millwrights and engineers, Todmorden.

In the winter of 1875-1876 he attended science classes at the South Kensington Science Schools, and from 1876-1882 was engaged by the Science and Art Department of the Schools as draughtsman and model-maker.

In 1882 he was appointed demonstrator in Mechanics and Mathematics, and placed on the permanent staff of the Normal School of Science and Royal School of Mines.

Mr. Livsey was for many years Chairman of the Electric Lighting Committee and an active member of the Battersea Borough Council. He had an inventive mind, and amongst other ideas devised, in 1904, a combined rifle back-sight and wind-gauge.

His death took place in London on 30th March 1915, at the age of fifty-nine.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1886.

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