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Charles Louis Marie Pinel

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Charles Louis Marie Pinel (1843-1895)

Mechanical Engineer and Director of the Bank of France.

Died 1895 aged 53.

1895 Obituary [1]

CHARLES LOUIS MARIE PINEL was born in Rouen on 29th May 1843.

After being educated in France from 1853 to 1860, he spent two years in England to complete his studies.

Some years later he succeeded his brother-in-law, M. Lethuillier, who had founded in 1847 the firm afterwards known as Lethuillier and Pinch, and who was the inventor of the magnetic water-gauge described to this Institution (Proceedings 1860 page 83).

On the death of M. Lethuillier in 1863, he undertook the management of the works, which then employed only about thirty hands; and in five years' time he became a partner in the business, which continued to increase. He introduced improved machinery, and invented many appliances connected with boilers, such as a feed regulator, a safety-valve, and a steam stop-valve, all of which were successful.

Including the brass and iron foundry, the works now employ more than 300 persons, for whose welfare he established a benefit society sharing in the profits of the firm.

He was judge of the Rouen tribunal of commerce for five years; director of the National Bank of France; vice-president of the Rouen Exhibition in 1884; member of the jury of the Havre Maritime Exhibition in 1887, and of the departmental committee for the Paris Exhibition in 1889.

His death took place in Rouen on 5th December 1895, in his fifty-third year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1876.

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