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John Crisp Fuller

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John Crisp Fuller (1821-1911)

1821 John Crisp Fuller was born in Bristol, son of George and Harriett Fuller[1]

1842 Fuller married Selina Dyson in Lambeth[2]

1846 Birth of son George

Fuller assisted Michael Faraday in some of his experiments

1853 John C. Fuller patented improvements in the manufacture of electrical batteries (i.e. primary batteries).

1861 John C. Fuller (b.1821 Bristol), electrical telegraph engineer, was living in West Ham with his wife Selina, and children including George (b.1846, London) commercial clerk in the rubber factory[3]

1872 Grandson George J. A. Fuller born West Ham, son of George Fuller

1874 Grandson Leonard Fuller born West Ham, son of George Fuller

1875 John C. Fuller, of Newcastle Wharf Works, Bow, joined the IEE[4]

1875 As a result of the success of his battery invention, John formed the firm which became John C. Fuller and Son, of Bow.[5]

c.1911 John C. Fuller died, still experimenting with his electrical equipment.

1912 Obituary [6]

JOHN CRISP FULLER was born at Bristol in 1821, where he spent his early days, and on coming to London about 1850 he became interested in the electric telegraph.

In 1854 he obtained a position with the Electric and International Telegraph Company, where he worked in company with Faraday and other well-known pioneers. He devoted his attention specially to batteries, and was the inventor of the mercury bichromate battery, and the Common Battery system of telephone working.

In 1857 he assisted Messrs. Silver & Co., of Silvertown, in the designing of vulcanite insulators, and afterwards assisted Mr. W. T. Henley in the manufacture of submarine cables.

In 1868 he went into business as a telegraph engineer at Old Ford, and continued there to the time of his death, which occurred on 26th October, 1911, when he was over 90 years of age.

He had been a member of the Institution since 1875.

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Sources of Information

  1. Birth and Christening records
  2. A family tree on Ancestry
  3. 1861 census
  4. Electrical Engineers Lists
  5. The Times Apr 15, 1919
  6. 1912 Institution of Electrical Engineers: Obituaries