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CodeNA11065
Dates1833-1885
Person NameJenkin; Henry Charles Fleeming (1833-1885); Professor of Engineering, Edinburgh University
SurnameJenkin
ForenamesHenry Charles Fleeming
EpithetProfessor of Engineering, Edinburgh University
ActivityHenry Charles Fleeming Jenkin was born near Dungeness, Kent, on 25 March 1833. He was educated in Jedburgh and at Edinburgh Academy, before taking a degree at Genoa University. He became an apprentice at Fairbairn's works, Manchester, obtaining a knowledge of mechanical engineering, and from 1858 to 1873 was engaged in marine telegraphy, on which he made some important advances in knowledge. In 1865 he became professor of engineering at University College, London, and in 1868 he became the first Professor of Engineering at Edinburgh University. In the late 1870s he investigated improved sanitation in houses, to some effect. He was President of the Edinburgh and Leith Engineers Society. He was a friend of Sir William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824-1907), sharing an interest in marine telegraphy. He died in Edinburgh on 12 June 1885.
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