Bob Stimpson has a keen interest in Manx history, in particular Manx inventors - a subject on which he has collected many hundreds of examples of patents dating back over 200 years.
When he initially discovered brief references to William Kennish’s inventions and decided to investigate them further, and was able to share these in 2011 with fellow members of the Isle of Man Victorian Society, where he is a longstanding member.
He is keen to promote William Kennish to anyone who is curious, and feels strongly this Manx genius needs to be elevated to his rightful place within Manx historical awareness.
A chartered mechanical engineer since 1983, and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, he is the inventor of many patents himself, covering defence test equipment, plumbing devices and assistive living products. Despite professionally being at the forefront of engineering development, his personal interest lies at the heart of the history of engineering and manufacturing, where he is also a member of both the Newcomen Society and the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society.
If your Isle of Man club, society or organisation would like to receive an illustrated talk about William Kennish, Manx Inventors, The History of Douglas Water Supply or the history of Douglas Drill Hall in Peel Road please get in touch through the “Contact Us” page link.
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