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Antoine Pescatore

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Antoine Pescatore (1868-1927), managing director of the Tudor Accumulator Co


1928 Obituary [1]

ANTOINE PESCATORE was born in Luxemburg in 1868 and came of a family that had for several generations been well known in the Grand Duchy.

He was educated at the college in Luxemburg and subsequently took a course of engineering at the Technical School at Aix-la-Chapelle. He then obtained commercial training, and afterwards joined one of the important steel works in the Grand Duchy.

In 1895 he came over to England and established the manufacture of Tudor accumulators in this country, the inventor, Mr. Henri Tudor, being his brother-in-law.

When the business was taken over by the Tudor Accumulator Co., Ltd., in 1897, Mr. Pescatore became the managing director, a post which he occupied for 22 years. During the whole of this time he was actively interested in the company, and it was largely due to his broad views and his commercial ability, combined with technical knowledge, that, from very small beginnings, the business developed into such a highly successful one.

In 1919, owing to ill-health, he resigned the position and returned to his native town of Luxemburg, where he interested himself in local matters; in the following year, in spite of ill-health, he accepted at a critical time the appointment of Minister of Industry and Commerce in the Government of the Grand Duchy. In carrying out his functions he dealt very successfully with the industrial unrest prevalent at that time in the local steel works, as elsewhere. He resigned from the Government after 15 months and was appointed Charge d'Affaires to the Court of St. James's.

Later he moved to Brussels, where he died on the 16th December, 1927, at the age of 59. Apart from his ordinary occupations, he was a man of wide culture, taking a great interest in art, literature and economics; he had a great charm of manner and all who knew him, as well as those who worked with him, bore him a sincere affection.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1900.


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  1. 1928 Institution of Electrical Engineers: Obituaries