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Joseph John Butcher

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Joseph John Butcher (1849-1919)

of 4 St. Nicholas' Buildings, Newcastle-on-Tyne.


1920 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH JOHN BUTCHER was born in Liverpool on 30th August 1849.

After serving a short time in the works of Smith and Carvey, Liverpool, he was engaged for three years in superintending the manufacture of furnace-feeding apparatus at the works of Clarke, Chapman and Co., Gateshead-on-Tyne, and then started in practice as a consulting engineer. During this period he gave much attention to the development of the gas-engine, and contributed many articles to the technical press.

In 1889 he went to America, where he devoted much time to various inventions; his later years were largely occupied with the construction of an aeroplane, of quite a different type from those then in use.

His death took place at Victoria, B.C., in November 1919, at the age of seventy.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.


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