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John J. Griffin and Sons

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December 1900.
June 1901.
July 1901.
October 1909. Boys Calorimeters.
August 1912.
February 1914. Pyrometers.

John Joseph Griffin and Co, makers of Physical and Chemical Apparatus,

of Baker Street, London

of Kemble Street, Kingsway, London, WC2

See John Joseph Griffin

c.1834 Mr Griffin invented the glass beaker[1]

1848 First catalogue issued of scientific instruments[2]

1851 Exhibited at 1851 Great Exhibition: John J. Griffin and Co, of Baker Street, London

Early 1870s John's sons, Charles Griffin FSA (1838–1900) and William Griffin (1839–1883), ran the business which assumed the style J. J. Griffin and Sons.

1877 John Griffin died on 9 June at Haverstock Hill, London.

1889 Under the direction of William's son John Ross Griffin (1863–1921), the business was incorporated as a limited liability company.

1910 Exhibited hygroscopic battery at the Physical Society's Exhibition[3]

1921 Family connections ended with John Ross's death, although some shareholding had passed into the family of Thomas McKinnon Wood MP, a close relative of the Griffin family, who, from about 1908, was director and later chairman

From about 1919 to 1957 the business was in the hands of Wood's three sons.

1925 Merged with the Scottish firm of Baird and Tatlock Ltd

1926 Baird and Tatlock Ltd in association with J. J. Griffin and Sons. Ltd., Great Ducie Street, Manchester exhibited scientific apparatus such as calorimeters, oil testing apparatus, gas analysis apparatus, and electric pyrometers[4]

1928 Became Griffin and Tatlock Ltd

1954 Merged with W. and J. George and Becker Ltd to become Griffin and George Ltd.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times July 9, 1984
  2. Dating Scientific Instruments [1]
  3. The Times, Dec 12, 1910
  4. The Engineer 1926/11/19
  • Biography of John Griffin, ODNB [2]