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John Pearson Kirby (1881-1917)
1917 Obituary 
JOSEPH PEARSON KIRBY was born at Bradford, Yorks, on 29th October 1881.
He was educated at Lincoln and at the Bradford Council School, and in 1897 began an apprenticeship of five years with Mr. John Waugh, consulting engineer and patent agent. During that period he attended technical classes at the Bradford Mechanics' Institute, and from 1903 to 1908 took the engineering course at the Bradford Technical College.
On the completion of his apprenticeship he remained with Mr. Waugh for some years, and on leaving him established himself as architect, mechanical engineer, and patent agent in Bradford.
In 1910 he also took up the post of assistant lecturer and demonstrator in Practical Draughtsmanship at the Bradford Technical College.
He was holding this post at the College at the time of his death, which took place in Bradford on 17th May 1917, at the age of thirty-five.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1912.