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Frederick Grover

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Frederick Grover (c1869-1951)

1897 April. Lecture on 'Motor Cars' to the Yorkshire College Engineering Society.[1]

1897 July. Article 'The History and Development of the Oil Engine'. Details the operation with diagrams of many of the main internal combustion engines.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

1898 June. Article 'Application of Oil Engines to Motorcars'.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

1899 Article of the application of oil engines to Autocars. Details of chain gearing of Hans Renold.[21]


1951 Obituary [22]

"FREDERICK GROVER was well known as an inventor and designer of wrapping machinery, of which he was the pioneer in Great Britain.

To develop his inventions he founded the Forgrove Machinery Company, Ltd., Leeds, in 1900, and for thirty-six years was its managing director, eventually becoming chairman of the company. After receiving his technical education and gaining practical experience in engineering works he was appointed, in 1898, lecturer in machine design and laboratory demonstrator in the engineering department of the Yorkshire College, Leeds, and in the same year was elected a Member of the Institution.

Subsequently he became interested in gas-and oil-engine testing, economic combustion of fuel, furnace gas analysis, and boiler efficiency tests. In 1903 he was appointed by the Government of India to report on smoke abatement in Calcutta, his observations thereon being embodied in a Blue Book issued from Simla.

The first wrapping machine to be produced in Europe was built at Leeds in or about 1901, and six years later he successfully negotiated the manufacturing rights in the United States. In 1928 he spent some time in that country in perfecting a machine for wrapping cigars, the rights of manufacture of these and other Forgrove machines being subsequently exercised by the Package Machinery Co, Springfield, Massachusetts. In addition he was a director of Murray Colour Controls, a company formed to exploit the use of colour as a substitute for figured plates in the operation of machine tools.

Mr. Grover was awarded the Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal (accompanied by a Thomas Hawksley Premium to the value of L13) for his paper entitled "Wrapping Machinery", which he presented to the Institution in 1936. An informal discussion that he introduced was also published in the PROCEEDINGS for 1942 on "Mechanical Movements and Their Design". Mr. Grover was the honorary corresponding member in Leeds from 1916 to 1919 inclusive and he served on the Committee of the Yorkshire Branch from 1943 to 1945. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Production Engineers. His death in his eighty-second year occurred on 25th April 1951."


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