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Valere Alfred Fynn

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Valere Alfred Fynn (1871-1929) of Rosling, Appleby and Fynn

1901 Living at Woodlands, Ilkley: Percy Rosling (age 33 born Reigate), Electrical Engineer - Employer. With his wife Amy Beatrice Rosling (age 29 born Bradford) and their three children; Dorothy Beatrice Rosling (age 5 born Ilkley); Allen Percy Rosling (age 3 born Ilkley); and Barbara Bomfred Rosling (age 1 born Ilkley). One visitor Valere Alfred Fynn (age 30 born Russia - British subject), Electrical Engineer - Employer. Three servants.[1]

1929 Obituary [2]

VALERE ALFRED FYNN was born in 1871 in Russia, where his father, an Irishman, was engaged on railway work.

He was educated at the Concordia College in Switzerland, and at the Zurich Polytechnic.

On the completion of his training in 1893 he joined Messrs. Brown, Boveri and Co.

After two years' experience with that firm he obtained an appointment with Messrs. Easton, Anderson and Goolden, of London, and was engaged on the design of electrical machinery.

In 1899 he joined Mr. P. Rosling and Mr. H. W. Appleby, and the company, known as Rosling, Appleby and Fynn, Ltd., started to manufacture electric plant at the Trafalgar Works, Bradford.

Five years later he set up as a consulting engineer in Chancery-lane, London. At this period he devoted considerable attention to problems connected with the design and speed regulation of single-phase motors.

In 1909 he went to the United States on being appointed consultant to the Wagner Electric Manufacturing Co., and remained with that firm for 12 years, during which time he did a great deal to develop alternating-current motors. He was perhaps best known in connection with the development of the single-phase commutator motor, and also as an authority on all matters connected with patents. He himself took out some 300 patents in various countries, and his contributions to technical literature were numerous.

In 1921 he left the Wagner Company and set up independently as a consulting engineer at St. Louis, where he died on the 20th March, 1929, at the age of 58.

He joined the Institution as a Member in 1898.

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