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John Charles Pearce

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John Charles Pearce (1820-1908) of John Sturges and Co


1908 Obituary [1]

JOHN CHARLES PEARCE, son of the late Mr. Charles Worth Pearce, was born at Stourbridge on the 18th April, 1820, and served an apprenticeship in the works of Messrs. Fenton, Murray and Jackson, of Leeds, of which his father was Manager at the time of his death.

After completing his training, the subject of this notice held the position of Manager of the Salford Rolling Mills, and in 1849 he accepted the appointment of Managing Engineer to Messrs. John Sturges and Company, of Bowling, Bradford, a post which he occupied until his retirement from professional pursuits in 1872.

Mr. Pearce was a prolific inventor, and during his term of management at the Bowling Works his resourcefulness and ingenuity were displayed in the introduction or perfection of a number of mechanical devices, amongst which may be mentioned a combustion-chamber and corrugated iron tubes for fire-boxes, an improved form of steam hammer, a weldless tire for railway-carriage wheels, and an apparatus for testing submarine cables. He was also an early advocate of the use of high pressure-steam in boilers. The business of the Bowling Iron Works underwent considerable expansion during his able and energetic management, which extended over a period of 23 years.

Mr. Pearce died at Boston Spa on the 27th April, 1908, at the advanced age of 88 years.

He was elected a Member of The Institution on the 9th April, 1861.



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