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 Cromwell Fleetwood Varley

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Original Name
Cromwell Fleetwood
Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death
2 Sep 1883 (aged 55)
Bexleyheath, London Borough of Bexley, Greater London, England
Burial
Bexleyheath, London Borough of Bexley, Greater London, England
Plot
1624
Memorial ID
32934534 View Source

Engineer. A key developer of the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable. Varley was named after his supposed ancestors Oliver Cromwell and General Charles Fleetwood. He began working for the Electric Telegraph Company in 1846, and was promoted to chief engineer in 1861. He devised methods for improving the performance of the telegraph, and in 1870, he patented the cymaphen, a telegraph that could transmit speech. When the first transatlantic telegraph cable failed in 1858, he was appointed to an investigative committee, established by the Board of Trade and the Atlantic Telegraph Company. In 1865 he became chief electrician on the project. A second cable, built under his recommendations, was successful. He formed a partnership with William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin and Fleeming Jenkin to exploit their telegraphic inventions. He was a spiritualist, and used a galvanometer to investigate paranormal phenomena. He also experimented unsuccessfully with x-rays.

Engineer. A key developer of the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable. Varley was named after his supposed ancestors Oliver Cromwell and General Charles Fleetwood. He began working for the Electric Telegraph Company in 1846, and was promoted to chief engineer in 1861. He devised methods for improving the performance of the telegraph, and in 1870, he patented the cymaphen, a telegraph that could transmit speech. When the first transatlantic telegraph cable failed in 1858, he was appointed to an investigative committee, established by the Board of Trade and the Atlantic Telegraph Company. In 1865 he became chief electrician on the project. A second cable, built under his recommendations, was successful. He formed a partnership with William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin and Fleeming Jenkin to exploit their telegraphic inventions. He was a spiritualist, and used a galvanometer to investigate paranormal phenomena. He also experimented unsuccessfully with x-rays.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: js
  • Added: 14 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 32934534
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32934534/cromwell-fleetwood-varley: accessed ), memorial page for Cromwell Fleetwood Varley (6 Apr 1828–2 Sep 1883), Find a Grave Memorial ID 32934534, citing Bexleyheath Cemetery, Bexleyheath, London Borough of Bexley, Greater London, England; Maintained by Find a Grave .