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Henry Moritz Leitner

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Henry Moritz Leitner (1869-1945)

Electrical engineer of 3, Victoria street, Westminster.

1869 Born in Lahore, India, the son of Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner (1840-1899), noted Orientalist.

1893 Announcement 'The Committee of Management of the School for Modern Oriental Studies, founded the Imperial Institute in union with University College and King’s College, London, have recommended that the Ouseley Arabic Scholarship of 1893 should be awarded to Mr. Henry Leitner, son-of Dr. G. W. Leitnor, founder and director of the Oriental Institute at Woking.'[1]

1899 In the 1899 London-Brighton Run the 'most interesting and handsome carriage in the procession was new type of electric carriage driven the inventor, Mr Henry Leitner.'[2]

1901 Living at the Oriental Institute, Woking: Henry Leitner (age 30 born Lahore, India - British subject), Managing Director Electrical Manufacturing Corp - Employer. With his wife Sapbo Leitner (age 26 born Turkey - foreign subject) and his mother Lina Leitner (age 53 born Burma (Asia Minor) German - foreign subject). 1901 Census

1906 'A new system of lighting, the invention of Mr. Henry Leitner, has just been tested on the Great Western Railway. The result is regarded in engineering circles as nothing short of sensational.....'[3]

1911 Living at Oriental Institute, Maybury Hill, Woking: Lina Olympia Leitner (age 63 born Burma, Asia Minor - British subject). With her son Henry Moritz Leitner (age 40 born Lahore, India - British subject by parentage), Electrical Engineer and Managing Director of Electrical Company - Single. Two servants.[4]

1916 Patented accumulator elements.

1922 'Claims by Mr Henry Leitner and Joseph Lucas (Ltd.) in respect of dynamos for use on aircraft were heard by the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors yesterday....'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Illustrated London News - Saturday 26 August 1893
  2. Cheltenham Chronicle - Saturday 18 November 1899
  3. Jersey Independent and Daily Telegraph - Saturday 06 January 1906
  4. 1911 Census
  5. The Scotsman - Tuesday 31 January 1922