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Biographical entry Shephard, John (1852 - 1940)

Born
2 December 1852
Masbrough, Yorkshire, England
Died
15 May 1940
Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Engineer

Summary

John Shephard made a micro-ruling engine for test rulings in about 1893. The only surviving rest ruling has a series of bands whose resolution goes down to one half of a micron. He was interested in microscopy and established a reputation in microscopy circles in Melbourne for which he was long remembered. Shephard was initially an apprentice then fitter with Guest & Chrimes Ltd in Rotherham, Yorkshire UK, 1863-1883). After arriving in Australia he set up Davies, Shephard & Co. - an engineering and brass founders firm in Melbourne (1884-). Shephard was a one-time President of the Royal Society of Victoria from 1912 to 1913.

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  • Bolton, H. C., 'Shephard, John (1852-1940), Manufacturing Engineer and Microscopist', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, p. 229. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A160270b.htm. Details

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Title
Shephard, John Portrait
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