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Francis Wise

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Francis Wise (1820-1868)

1863 Francis Wise, Engineer, Chandos Chambers, Buckingham Street, Adelphi, London.[1]

had son William Lloyd Wise

1868 December 29th. Died.

1869 Obituary [2]

FRANCIS WISE was born in London on 30th July 1820, and in 1836 was articled to Messrs. Whitworth and Co., Manchester, and was subsequently for several years their principal draughtsman.

He afterwards practised for some years in Manchester as a consulting engineer, and then removed to Jersey, where he was engaged in designing steam engines and millwork, and in superintending their erection; and some special machinery for works at Fort Regent was carried out from his designs.

Afterwards he went to Ghent in Belgium, where he managed the general engineering works of M. Carels, and was engaged in designing steam engines, machinery, and small steam vessels.

In 1855 he settled in London as an engineer and patent agent, latterly associated with his son; and paid great attention to the introduction of the Field boiler and the burning of liquid fuel.

During the last three or four years he suffered from loss of power in the limbs by paralysis, and died at Greenhithe on 29th December 1868, aged forty-eight years.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1863.

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