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James Thom Beard

James Thom Beard, American mining engineer. Member North Engineering Institute Mining and Mech. Engineers, American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.

Background

  • Beard, James Thom was born on October 19, 1855 in Brooklyn. Son of Ira and Isabella O. Beard.

  • Education

    • Graduate Adelphia Academy, Brooklyn, 1874. C.E., Engineer of Mines, Columbia School of Mines, 1877.

    Career

    • Assistant engineer Brooklyn Bridge, 1877-1879. Resident div. engineer C.,B.& Q.R.R., 1880-1883. United States department mineral surveyor, Colorado, 1883-1885.

      Mining engineer Ottumwa Fuel Company, 1885-1891. Proprietor Iowa Coal Exchange. 1891-1896; associate editor Mines and Minerals and principal School of Mines, International Corresponding School, Scranton.

      Pennsylvania, 1896-1911. Senior associate editor Coal Age, New York, 1911. Secretary Iowa State Mine Examining Board, 1888-1894.

      Inventor: Beard-Mackie Sight Indicator for testing gas. Beard deputy safety lamp. Beard-Stine centrifugal mine fan.

    Works

    • Author: The Ventilation of Mines, 1894. Design of Centrifugal Ventilators. 1899, Mine Gases and Explosions, 1908.

      Coal Age Pocket Book, 1916. Mine Gases and Ventilation, 1919. Compiler: Mine Examination Questions and Answers (3 vols.), 1923.

      Contributor to mining journals.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Member North Engineering Institute Mining and Mech. Engineers, American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.

    Connections

    • Married Amelia E. Lawson, May 9, 1887. Children: James Thom, Howard Iranæus, Amelia Elizabeth.
    • father: Ira Beard
    • mother: Isabella O. Beard
    • spouse: Amelia E. Lawson
    • children: James Thom Beard
    • Howard Iranæus Beard
    • Amelia Elizabeth Beard
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    Born October 19, 1855
    Died December 26, 1941
    (aged 86)
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