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Ernest Brook

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Ernest Brook (c1874-1956), founder of Brook Motors

1956 Obituary [1]

WE have learned with regret of the death, at his home in Huddersfield, last Monday, April 16th, of Mr. Ernest Brook, the founder and past chairman of Brook Motors, Ltd.

Mr. Brook, who was eighty-two, was born at Pontefract, and was educated at the Leeds School of Science and Art. In the early part of his electrical engineering career, he spent some years on the staff of Greenwood and Batley, Ltd.

At the beginning of the present century, however, Mr. Brook decided that the future of the electric motor was a particularly promising one, and in 1904 he went into business on his own account, occupying one room in Huddersfield and employing a staff of two.

The firm which has grown up from that small beginning now employs well over 2000. In addition to its works at Huddersfield, it opened another factory, a few years ago, at Barnsley for the production of electric motor stators. Mr. Brook was the chairman of the company until 1951, and since then has continued to serve on the board. He was an associate member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, honorary vice-chairman of the Huddersfield Engineers' Training Association, and a governor of the Huddersfield Technical College.

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