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William Ladd

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1867 dynamo at the Musee des Arts et Metiers. More information here

William Ladd

Born in 1815 in Deal, Kent.

1846 William Ladd, Philosophical Instrument Maker, 39, Penton-place. Walworth.[1]

1851 Living at 29 Penton Street, Newington, Surrey: William Ladd (age 36 born Deal), Philosophical Instrument Maker. With his wife Caroline and a daughter and others.[2]

1856 Developed a type of electric generator. An example is on display at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford.

1861 Living at Beak Court, Westminster. William Ladd (age 45 born Deal), Optician employing 9 men and 11 boys. With his wife Caroline and a daughter.[3]

1881 Living at 11 Beak Street, Westminster: William Ladd ( age 66 born Deal), Scientific Instrument Maker. With his wife Rosa.[4]

1885 May. Died. 'Mr. William Ladd, the well-known scientific instrument maker, is dead at the age of seventy years. Mr. Ladd's name is associated with several of the pieces of apparatus employed by Dr. Faraday. He was a maker of large induction coils and of dynamo which bears his name.'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Shipping and Mercantile Gazette - Friday 23 January 1846
  2. 1851 Census
  3. 1861 Census
  4. 1881 Census
  5. Bucks Herald - Saturday 23 May 1885