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(Samuel) Alfred Varley (1832–1921)
1852 Followed his brother, C. F. Varley, into the Manchester workshops of Electric Telegraph Co.
1858-9 He supervised the first field telegraphs used in the Crimean War and published influential papers on cable signalling in 1858–9.
1860 Married Emily Andrews; seven children, of whom at least three survived him.
1861 He took over running a London telegraph factory owned by his father (Varley and Son?). Alfred and Cromwell fell out.
1866 Made the first self-excited dynamo (several others were invented at about the same time)
1873 S. A. Varley read a paper on "Railway Train Intercommunication" at the Society of Engineers; mentioned his system as fitted to LNWR Royal Train.
Invented compound winding but his patents on this and the dynamo lapsed before they became commercially valuable.
1883 He wrote-in to The Engineer immediately after his brother Cromwell's death with a letter regarding claims over his brother to invention. Read it on page 224 of The Engineer 1883/09/21.
1883 Residing at 2 Hamilton Road, Highbury.
1885 Gold medal for designing the first self-exciting dynamo machine
Late 80s became known as a vocal critic of electrical engineers' increasing reliance on mathematical theory.
1921 Died at his house, Abbottsacre Lodge, Abbott's Road, Winchester on 4 August.
1922 Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., Electrical Engineer, Abbottsacre Lodge, Winchester; b. 1832; s. of Cornelius Varley; m. Emily Andrews. Ed. Southwark School. Manufacturer of Electrical and Telegraphic apparatus; Inventor Officer-in-Charge of Field Telegraphs during Crimean War, the first occasion when field telegraphy was employed; inventor, first self-exciting dynamo and first compound-wound dynamo lightning bridge; deviser of system of electric communication on railway trains.
1921 Obituary 
1921 Obituary