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Levi Lumb

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Levi Lumb (1876-1938)


1938 Obituary [1]

LEVI LUMB was born in 1876 at Elland, near Halifax, Yorks, and after receiving his technical education at Huddersfield Technical College, he commenced a five years' apprenticeship in the workshops and offices of Messrs. James Lumb and Sons, engineers, of Elland. He became an expert in engine governing, with which he was concerned for the greater part of his career. He represented the firm on the Bradford and Manchester Exchanges.

He was associated with the invention of a safety device attached to the governor of a prime mover, which enabled the engine to be stopped from any room in a mill or factory. In addition he was responsible for several types of recording meters for steam pressure and speed variations. He carried out experimental investigations into the theory of engine governing over a period of many years. For over thirty years he was a director of the firm, and held this position until his death, which occurred in Halifax on 1st August 1938. He took a great interest in municipal affairs and was a past-president of the Halifax and District Engineering Employers' Association.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1909.


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