Benjamin Howarth Thwaite
Benjamin Howarth Thwaite (c1858-1908)
c1858 Born at Brighouse, Yorkshire.
c1880 Married Emily Lydia Barton
1885 Thwaite's address: 37 Victoria Street, Liverpool.
1901 Living at The Limes, Runnymeade Street, Egham: Benjamin H. Thwaite (age 43 born Brighouse), Civil Engineer. With his wife Emily L. Thwaite (age 43 born Shipley) and their children; Carl B. Thwaite (age 19 born Bolton), Student of Engineering; Ruby Thwaite (age 7 born Brockley, Surrey); and Eric Thwaite (age 1 born Egham). One servant. 
1908 May 2nd. Died at Windsor
1908 Obituary 
The death is also announced of BENJAMIN HOWARD THWAITE, who, although not a member, contributed to the proceedings papers on the metallurgic department of the Sheffield Technical School (1891), on fuel and its efficiency (1892), on the profitable utilisation of power from blast-furnace gases (1901), on the effect of flue dust upon the thermal efficiency of hot-blast stoves (1903), on the use of steel in American lofty building construction (1904), on accidents due to the asphyxiation of blast-furnace workmen (1905), and on the economic distribution of electric power from blast-furnaces (1907). He was one of the pioneers in the utilisation of blast-furnace waste gases as motive power, his patent (No. 8670) having been taken out in May 1894. A 30-horse-power gas-engine designed in accordance with this patent was started in Scotland by Mr. James Riley in February 1895.
Sources of Information
- 'A Short History of Large Gas Engines' by Bryan Lawton, presented at a Newcomen Society conference at MoSI, 14-17 April 2011, citing Thwaite's article 'The Blast Furnace as a Centre of Power Production' in Cassier's Magazine XXXIII pp.23-40
- 1901 Census
- 1908 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries