Person    | Male  Born 15/3/1875  Died 1952

John Alfred Prestwich

Categories: Cinema, Engineering

Inventor and designer of engines. Born Kensington.  He worked with Sebastian de Ferranti and the cinema pioneer William Friese-Greene to produce cameras, mutoscopes, cutting and perforation machines and projectors. He designed his first motorcycle engine in 1901, made the first overhead-valve V-twin in 1906 and patented a desmodromic valve in 1923.  Died Wood Green.

His birth date from Clan Barker differs from that on the plaque.

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