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Frederick Jonathan Down

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Frederick Jonathan Down (1855- )

1922 M.I.E.E., F.C.S., Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., Electrical Engineer, 9o, Fenchurch Street, London, E.C.3. T. A. " c/o Windsail, London." T. N.: Avenue 366o. b. 1855. Ed. Sandycroft College, pupil at Engineering Works of A. and W. Smith and Co, Glasgow. Chemistry with Professor Fresinius at Wiesbaden. Entered the laboratory of Sir C. Tennant and Partner's works at Hebburn-on-Tyne, and afterwards with the Blaydon Manure and Alkali Co., Blaydon-on-Tyne. In 1883 partner in the firm of Laing, Wharton and Down, Holborn Viaduct, E.C., who in 1885 introduced the Thomson-Houston System of Electric Lighting, etc., into this country, and formed the British Thomson-Houston Co., Ltd. In 1901 was called in to reconstruct the Electric Lifts on the City and South London Railway. Now specializing in electric traction, lighting and power, prevention or stoppage of " Vibration," and electric jointing; also advising Fire Insurance Companies on electrical fire losses.

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