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John Westmoreland Record

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John Westmoreland Record (1881 - 1959), A.M.I.E.E., Governing Director of the Record Electrical Co., Ltd.

1959 Obituary.[1]

John Westmoreland Record who died on 9th October 1959 was born in London in 1881.

He commenced his business career in a City stockbroker's office but soon realized that this was not his calling and that the field of electrical engineering offered more scope for his creative abilities. His early years were spent with a number of electrical-instrument manufacturers in London and he finally moved to the Manchester area where he joined the Salford Instrument Co.

In 1911 he founded the Record Electrical Co to manufacture electrical measuring instruments. He designed a range where the scale length was over twice the dial diameter.

He was a man of retiring disposition but nevertheless possessed great determination which he used, like many early pioneers, in perfecting and expanding his range of instruments.

His principal hobby was music, especially the playing of his cello. He also made and sailed model yachts.

He joined The Institution as an Associate in 1904 and was elected an Associate Member in 1906 and a Member in 1922. His paper written jointly with Dr. W. E. Sumpner entitled 'New alternate-current instruments' was published in the Journal in 1908. He was a member of the Technical Committee of the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers' Association Instrument Section in 1918.

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