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Samuel Puplett

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Samuel Puplett (1845-1923) of Duvallon and Lloyd

of 59 Colmore Row, Birmingham.

1885 His business manufacturing ice making and refrigeration machines and mechanical engineering was put into a limited company which was registered as Birmingham Refrigeration Co[1]

1923 Obituary [2]

SAMUEL PUPLETT was born at Stockport in 1845, and was educated at Ackworth School, Yorkshire.

After serving an apprenticeship with Messrs. Blakemore and Son, of Birmingham, he went in 1869 to the Cornwall Works of Messrs. Tangye Brothers, in the same city, whose manager he became at about the age of twenty-seven.

In 1878 he left them to take the post of manager with Messrs. Duvallon and Lloyd, Atlas Works, Birmingham (the Atlas Engine Co., Ltd.), who were then making ice machines with ether as the refrigerant, and machines then made by Mr. Puplett are still working commercially in Egypt.

In the same year he designed his first ammonia compression ice machine, in which branch of mechanical refrigeration he specialized subsequently, opening offices in Westminster in 1891.

His machines hold a high reputation throughout the world, and it was a source of pride to him that no fatal accident had occurred with any of them.

His death took place at Clapham Park on 30th September 1923, in his seventy-ninth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.

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