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Thomas Parkinson (d.1945)

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Thomas Parkinson (1887-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

THOMAS PARKINSON was born in 1887 and received his education at the Manchester School of Technology where he won a scholarship. On the completion of an eight years' apprenticeship in 1909 with Messrs. F. W. Grafton, Ltd., of Accrington, which included twelve months' experience in dye making plant in Germany, he received his first appointment as head engineer to Messrs. Cox and Sons, of Colne, and was responsible for the reorganization of the dyeing and finishing plant.

From 1912 to 1920 he filled a similar position with Messrs. Bayley and Craven, of Pendleton, Manchester, with full control of the estimates and plant, and with responsibility for design. He then began to practice as a consulting engineer, and seven years later established the Crown Engineering Works at Pendleton. Subsequently he founded the Parkinson Engineering Company, Ltd., makers of textile machinery, Thornliebank, Glasgow, and in addition continued to act as consultant in the textile trades up to the time of his death, which occurred on 28th March 1944. He travelled extensively on the Continent in connection with his firms' interests, and was also well known in India.

Mr. Parkinson was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1928.

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