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Henry Hodgson

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Henry Hodgson (c1839-1921) of Scott and Hodgson.

Born in Bacup, Lancashire. Apprenticed to J. Clarkson Kay of Bury.

Started work for J. and E. Wood.

1875 Became manager at Martin and Smethurst.

Due to ill health, took position with Yates and Thom, then Woolstenhulme and Rye.

Became Chief Engineer to the Mutual Boiler Insurance Co.

1884 Went into partnership with two brothers named Scott, which became the well-known firm of Scott and Hodgson.

He was a pioneer in connection with the introduction of triple-expansion vertical engines into cotton mills.

1888 He designed and built a gear-cutting machine which was larger than anything then in use for cutting spur-teeth on wheels up to 26ft. diameter, 10 in. pitch, and 48in. width of face.

He also claimed to be the builder of the first diesel-engine in this country. It was a 22 horse-power single-cylinder engine, which was exhibited at the 1900 Glasgow Exhibition. However, although his claim may have been valid for England, Mirrlees had built a diesel engine in 1897 in Scotland.

1900 Elected President of the Manchester Association of Engineers.

1901 Retired from business.

1921 Died aged 82. Read his obituary in The Engineer 1921/02/18.

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