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William Wallington Harris

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William Wallington Harris (1841-1924)

of A. M. Perkins and Son, 6 Seaford Street, Regent Square, London, W.C. ; and 24 Alexandra Villas, Hornsey Park, London, N.

1924 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM WALLINGTON HARRIS was born in London On 8th September 1841.

At the age of seventeen he began an apprenticeship at the works of the Great Western Railway, studying in the evenings at King's College, London.

He then became a pupil of Mr. N. P. Burgh, being engaged in the drawing-office, principally on designs for sugar machinery.

After having had further experience in a civil engineer's office, he entered the works of Wheldon, Lecky and Lucas, where he designed and carried out the installation of the water works at Luton.

In 1870 he transferred his services to the firm of A. M. Perkins and Son, makers of high-pressure steam-engines, road vehicles, and the "Arklos" refrigerating apparatus, and, as manager, he carried out contracts for heating churches, public buildings, and country houses.

On the death of Mr. Loftus Perkins in 1891, he developed further the "Arklos" apparatus, and after the amalgamation of the firm with Messrs. Werner and Pfleiderer, he became manager and a director. During this period he took out many patents in connexion with refrigeration, and continued to do so after his retirement from the firm in 1909.

His death took place suddenly at Bournemouth on 26th May 1924, in his eighty-third year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1877.

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