|Birth Day:||December 29, 1813|
|Death Date:||Jun 29, 1890 (age 76)|
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As per our current Database, Alexander Parkes died on Jun 29, 1890 (age 76).
He served as an apprentice to brass founders.
The son of a manufacturer of brass locks, Parkes was apprenticed to Messenger and Sons, brass founders of Birmingham, before going to work for George and Henry Elkington, who patented the electroplating process. Parkes was put in charge of the casting department, and his attention soon began to focus on electroplating. Parkes took out his first patent (No. 8905) in 1841 on a process for electroplating delicate works of art. His improved method for electroplating fine and fragile objects, such as flowers, was granted a patent in 1843. The process involved electroplating an object previously dipped in a solution of phosphorus contained in bisulphide of carbon, and then in nitrate of silver. A spider's web, silver-plated according to this method, was presented to Prince Albert when he visited the Elkington works in 1844.
Alexander Parkes was born at Suffolk Street, Birmingham, the fourth son of James Mears Parkes and his wife Kerenhappuch Childs. Samuel Harrison, described by Sir Josiah Mason as the inventor of the split-ring (or key-ring) and widely credited with the invention of the steel pen, was his great-uncle. Parkes was twice married. By his first marriage, to Jane Henshall Moore (1817–50), he had four sons and two daughters (the cricketer Howard Parkes was a grandson), and by his second marriage, to Mary Ann Roderick (1835–1919), four sons and seven daughters. The elder surviving son of his second marriage, Alexander Parkes junior, sometime President of the Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants, presented many original specimens of Parkesine to the Science Museum in 1937, the core of the museum’s Parkesine collection.
In September 2005, Parkes was posthumously inducted into the American Plastics Academy’s Hall of Fame. He is buried in West Norwood Cemetery, London, although his memorial was removed in the 1970s.
Alexander was the middle child of eight; his father made brass locks.
Currently, Alexander Parkes is 209 years, 5 months and 5 days old. Alexander Parkes will celebrate 210th birthday on a Friday 29th of December 2023. Below we countdown to Alexander Parkes upcoming birthday.
Proud Birmingham film-maker salutes hero
A Birmingham film-maker is giving away his new movie to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of city inventor Alexander Parkes. Graham Young reports.