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James Enright

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James Enright (c1839-1917)

1918 Obituary [1]

JAMES ENRIGHT died at Croydon on the 1st April, 1917, at the age of 78.

He was born in Limerick and came to London when about 19 years of age to study medicine at St. Mary's Hospital. He took an intermediate M.B., but decided not to continue the study of medicine. He passed the London B.Sc. Examination, obtaining the third place in Honours in Logic and Psychology in 1875. About this period he became the Head of the Science Department of St. Mary's Training College, which position he retained till about 1898.

Simultaneously for several years he carried on a large army-coaching establishment in conjunction with Mr. Basset-Hopkins.

He read several papers before the Physical Society, of which he was a Fellow, and he was also the author of "Qualitative Analysis."

He took out a number of patents, none of which, however, proved of any great commercial importance, and for many years he had a small consulting practice, principally in connection with inventions and research work. After the termination of his engagement at St. Mary's College he took up this class of work more seriously and became senior partner in the firm of Messrs. J. & J. S. Enright.

Between 1898 and 1908, when he practically retired from professional work, the firm acted as consulting engineers to over 35 municipalities and companies principally in connection with electric light and power and tramway installation.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1897, an Associate Member in 1899, and a Member in 1901.

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