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Paul Auguste Dimier

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Paul (Auguste) Dimier (1863-1897)

1863 Born in Switzerland

1871 Charles Dimier, merchant, 48, living in Bloomsbury, with Natalie Dimier 34, Charlotte Dimier 12, Paul Dimier 7[1]

1881 Charles Dimier 57, living in Greenwich, with Nathalie Dimier 44, Charlotte Dimier 22, Paul Dimier, student, 19[2]

Went to Salford to assist Dr Edward Hopkinson with experiments on dynamo machines; whilst there was taken on to the staff of Mather and Platt[3]

1888 Associate of the Inst of Civil Engineers; of Salford Iron Works

1897 Died in Switzerland[4]

1897 Obituary [5]

PAUL AUGUSTE DIMIER was born at Geneva on the 23rd May, 1863, his father being Swiss and his mother German.

At the age of five he came to England, and, after attending a private school at Blackheath, was for three years at St. Olave’s Grammar School.

In 1879 he entered the Applied Sciences Department of King’s College, London, and, after going through the usual course, was admitted an Associate of the College. He then served a pupilage under Dr. John Hopkinson, with whom he subsequently remained as an assistant. During that time he was employed on electric-light work at the hospital ships near Dartford and at the Tilbury Docks.

In January, 1886, Mr. Dimier was engaged by Messrs. Mather and Platt, of the Salford Ironworks, to assist Dr. Edward Hopkinson in some experiments with dynamo-electric machinery, and was afterwards placed in charge of the testing department of the firm.

He was then engaged, during 1890 and 1891, in assisting Professor Henry Robinson in connection with the St. Pancras electric lighting installation.

Early in 1892 a severe attack of influenza forced him to rest for some months.

In August he resumed work, entering the service of the Charing Cross and Strand Electricity Supply Corporation, and, in spite of impaired health, faithfully discharged his duties until in May, 1893, he completely broke down.

Hoping that change of air and rest might restore him to health, he went to Switzerland, where, after lingering four years, he died on the 13th May, 1897.

Mr. Dimier was elected an Associate Member on the 4th December, 1888. He had previously been a Student and had taken great interest in the proceedings of that class.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. 1881 census
  3. Civil Engineer Records
  4. National Probate Calendar
  5. 1897 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries