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John Imison

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John Imison ( -1788) was a 'very ingenious mechanic', clock and watch maker, optician, 'philosophical instrument' maker, and author.

He worked in Manchester in the period 1783-85.

1785 Advertisement. Author of the 'School of Arts' and 'An Introduction to Useful Knowledge' offers Sun Dials, Electrical Machines etc.[1]

1785 - at Black Swan Yard, Smithy Door, Manchester, by 1786 he had moved to 58 Haymarket, London.[2]

1787 Wrote The School of Arts. In the context of mechanics, it was possibly the first published work to recommend the epicycloidal form of gear teeth.[3]

1788 August 16th. Died in London and buried St. James', Westminster


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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Mercury - Tuesday 24 May 1785
  2. [1] Science Museum website
  3. 'A History of Technology and Invention - Progress through the Ages - The Expansion of Mechanization: 1725-1860' Edited by Maurice Daumas, translated by Eileen B. Hennessy, Crown Publishers Inc. First published in France in 1968 as 'Histoire Générale des Techniques', Part 2, Chapter 1, by Maurice Daumas