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John Birch Paddon (1825-1910)
1911 Obituary 
JOHN BIRCH PADDON, born on the 27th May, 1825, at Ilfracombe, died at Neath, Glamorgan, on the 7th October, 1910.
Adopting gas engineering, he formed the firm of Paddon and Ford to work his various patents for improvements in gas-meters, governors and other apparatus. His designs for scrubbers, gasholders and wind-ties are now widely used.
In 1860 he was appointed Engineer and Manager of the Brighton and Hove Gas Company, becoming director in 1886 and chairman in 1900. He designed and constructed gasworks at Portslade, Southampton, Lewes and Winchester, acting as Consulting Engineer to these and other gas and water companies for many years.
He was a director of the Gas Light and Coke Company, chairman of several other undertakings, and Justice of the Peace for Glamorgan.
Mr. Paddon was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 3rd December, 1861, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 21st November, 1871.