John Kay

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Kay, John


Born July 16, 1704, in Bury, Lancashire; died 1764. English inventor. A cloth maker by trade.

Kay lived in Colchester beginning in 1730. There he became involved in the manufacture of parts for looms. In 1730 he received a patent for a twisting machine that made a thin thread from cashmere and carded wool. In 1733 he invented a mechanical shuttle, the fly shuttle, for the hand loom. His invention freed the weaver from having to throw the shuttle by hand through the alternate threads of the warp and made it possible for one weaver to make wide cloth on a loom where two weavers had previously been required. Kay died in France.

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1733: John Kay, Richard Arkwright's assistant, patented the Flying Shuttle to operate on Arkwright's spinning frame.
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Chief reporter John Kay, 71, and royal editor Duncan Larcombe, 39, were found not guilty of wrongdoing over their contact with two military sources after a jury deliberated for more than 48 hours at the Old Bailey.
Chief reporter John Kay, 71, and royal editor Duncan Larcombe, 39, were found not guilty over their contact with two military sources, while executive editor Fergus Shanahan, 60, and deputy editor Geoff Webster, 55, were cleared of signing off payments.
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John Kay, the Sun's chief reporter, pleaded not guilty to an offence of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
And in a double blow to the Yes campaign, Professor John Kay believes a separate nation would have no chance of keeping its share of the UK's PS3.
BrooKs, 44, appeared first, along with former Sun chief reporter John Kay, 69, and Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan-Barber, 39.