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Benjamin Langford Forster Potts

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Benjamin Langford Forster Potts (1839-1910)

1865 Benjamin Langford Foster(sic) Potts, Engineer, 150 Camberwell Green, Lonson S.[1]

1910 September 8th. Died.

1910 Obituary [2]

BENJAMIN LANGFORD FORSTER POTTS was born on 29th July 1839 at Vanbrugh Castle, Blackheath, London, at that time the residence of his father, Dr. L. H. Potts.

He was educated at a private school in Birmingham, and afterwards served his apprenticeship at the London Works, Smethwick.

From there he went as assistant to Mr. Edward A. Cowper (President of this Institution in 1880-1), of Great George Street, Westminster, with whom he remained some years.

In 1876 he received an appointment at the Patent Office, and resigned it in 1880 to start in practice as a consulting engineer. During this latter period he was engaged in making several models of chemical works, gas works, etc., for the Science and Art Museum, South Kensington, which are still on show at the Museum.

In 1904 he retired from business and went to live at Holmbury St. Mary, near Dorking, where his death took place on 8th September 1910, at the age of seventy-one.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1864.

1911 Obituary [3]

BENJAMIN LANGFORD FORSTER POTTS, born at Blackheath on the 29th July, 1839, died on the 8th September, 1910.

On completing his training, he became an assistant to the late Mr. E. A. Cowper, with whom he remained until 1876.

After a few years’ service at the Patent Office, he practised as a Consulting Engineer, retiring in 1904.

He was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 4th April, 1876.

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