Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Thomas Brown Jordan

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Born in Bristol in 1807.

Started life as an ar tist and, after turning his attention to physical science, he established himself in Falmouth as a mathematical instrument maker, and effected improvements in the dipping needle and the miners' dial. In 1838 Mr. Jordan devised an instrument for recording by photography the variations of the barometric column. About the same date be invented a declination magnetograph and a self recording actinometer.

When Sir Henry de La Breche was engaged on the geological survey of Cornwall be made Mr. Jordan's acquaintance, and, being struck with his ability, he secured his appointment as first keeper of mining records, a position which was held by Mr. Jordan from 1810 to 1815.

He took an interest in electro-metallurgy and in 1841 he made an egg cup of electro deposited copper, plated with silver outside and gold inside.

On resigning his appointment as keeper of mining records he invented an ingenious process of carving by machinery, and established works at Lambeth for carrying out this invention, for which he received the gold medal of the Society of Arts in 1841.

This machinery was exhibited in the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Later on Mr. Jordan started work as a mechanical engineer in Manchester, and finally established himself in London as a mining and mechanical engineer in conjunction with his two sons. [1]

See T. B. Jordan and Son.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1890/06/20