Parsons, Charles Algernon

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Parsons, Charles Algernon


Born June 13, 1854, in London; died Feb. 11, 1931, in Kingston, Jamaica. British engineer and entrepreneur. Member of the London Royal Society (1898).

Parsons graduated from Saint John’s College, Cambridge University, in 1876. The following year he began working at the Armstrong Works in Elswick. Parsons invented the multistage reaction steam turbine in 1884. He was a partner in the Armstrong firm from 1884 to 1889. In 1889 he founded an enterprise in Heaton to produce steam turbines of his design, as well as dynamos and other electrical equipment. Parsons’ turbines have played a great role in the development of power engineering. Parsons was president of the Institute of Marine Engineers in 1905–06.


Scientific Papers and Addresses of the Hon. Sir Charles Algernon Parsons. Cambridge, England, 1934.


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