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John Thomas Nicolson

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Dr. John Thomas Nicolson (1860-1913), Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Manchester University

1905 Professor J. T. Nicolson, DSc., M. Inst C. E., reported on tests on cutting tools at Manchester School of Technology which were compared with results from tests in Berlin [1]

1911 Living at Nant Y Glyn, Marple, Cheshire: John T. Nicolson (age 50 born Amble), Professor of Engineering Manchester. With his wife Margaret R. Nicolson (age 40 born Merstham) and their children W. Gilbert H. Nicolson (age 17 born Montreal, Canada), Apprentice Mechanical Engineer - Gas Engine Maker; and J. Frank H Nicolson (age 16 born Montreal, Canada). One servant.[2]

1913 Dr. John T. Nicholson, professor of mechanical engineering, University of Manchester, England, and well-known investigator and writer on machine tool design, died March 27 at Macclesfield, England. Dr. Nicholson's book on lathe design, written in collaboration with Mr. Dempster Smith, is one of the most noteworthy contributions to the subject.[3]

1913 Obituary [4]

1914 Obituary [5]

JOHN THOMAS NICOLSON, DSc. (Edin.), born on the 3rd June, 1860, died at Manchester on the 27th May, 1913.

Educated at Edinburgh University, he received his practical training at the works of Messrs. R. and W. Hawthorn, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Having gained a Whitworth Scholarship and other distinctions, he studied under Professor Martens at Berlin and was subsequently appointed Demonstrator in Applied Mechanics at Cambridge University.

In 1891 he was appointed to the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, Montreal.

In 1899 he became Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Manchester University and held that position until his death. He received the Watt Medal and a Telford premium for his joint Paper with Professor Callendar on Condensation of Steam, and latterly he took special interest in the subject of internal-combustion engines.

Professor Nicolson was elected a Member of The Institution on the 11th April, 1899.

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