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James Pearson (d.1937)

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James Pearson (1862-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

JAMES PEARSON was born in Leeds in 1862 and received his technical education at the Birkbeck Institute, London. He entered Messrs. C. Scriven and Company's works, Leeds, and served a four years' apprenticeship, terminating in 1880. He then served for a further two years in the Hunslet engine works of Messrs. J. and H. McLaren. From 1882 to 1885 he was engaged as a draughtsman to Messrs. Maudslay, Sons, and Field, marine engineers, of Lambeth. He then went to India as engineer of the East India Flour Mills, Bombay, and was passed as a first-class engineer under the Bombay Boiler Inspection Act, in 1887. Subsequently he turned his attention to cotton milling, and was appointed engineer at Ripon Mills, Bombay, in 1893. In the following year he joined Messrs. Macbeth Brothers and Company, engineers, of Bombay, as superintendent engineer, and held this position for nine years. In 1903 he was appointed manager of the works of Messrs. Marsland, Price and Company, of Bombay, and became a partner in the business two years later.

Mr. Pearson was elected a Member of the Institution in 1906. He retired in 1920, when he returned from India, and lived at Naphill, High Wycombe, Bucks, where his death occurred on 25th January 1937.

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