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Joseph Dean (1870-1944)
1945 Obituary 
JOSEPH DEAN was associated with the firm of Messrs. Knowles and Company, engineers, Globe works, Bradford, for the very long period of sixty-one years. He was born in 1870 and, entering the works as an apprentice in 1883, served for eight years. At the same time he attended the Bradford Technical College. After gaining experience in the drawing office he was made general manager in 1892 and eventually became a partner and finally senior partner, a position he continued to hold up to the time of his death, which occurred on 15th March 1944.
Mr. Dean was the inventor and patentee of various improvements in textile machinery, in which his firm specialized, and latterly he extended the interests of the firm to include the manufacture of jigs, fixtures, gauges, and automatic machinery. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1903.