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Calendar of Industrial Pioneers

Nature volume 110, page 622 (04 November 1922) | Download Citation



November 5, 1800. Jesse Ramsden died.—Called by Delambre “le plus grand de tous les artistes,” Ramsden, by the combination of great scientific ability and practical skill, rose to be the leading instrument maker of his day. Especially valuable was his invention of a dividing machine completed in 1773 after ten years' work. He was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1735, worked first as a cloth worker, and then learned the art of engraving from a London optician.

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