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Frederick David Edwards

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Frederick David Edwards, developer of high vacuum technology.

1889 March: born Dulwich, London, son of William Edwards, a carpenter and joiner, and his wife Eleanor[1]

Attended Northampton (sic) Polytechnic, London where he later became a science lecturer with interest in vacuum

1919 Began importing vacuum equipment.

1919 Founded his own company dealing with high vacuum with William Edwards in Allendale Road, Camberwell, South London helped by his wife - Edwards Equipment and Services; this was the start of a new industry in the UK. The business later became Edwards High Vacuum

Founder member of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers

1958-9 Master of the Worshipful Company

1966 Died at home in Horley

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  • The Times Thursday, Mar 24, 1966