- Ronald M. Birse
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Wilde, Henry (1833–1919), electrical engineer and inventor, was born in Manchester. He may be the Henry Wilde who was the son of Horatio Wilde and his wife Hannah, and who was baptized on 17 February 1833. At the age of sixteen, he was left without parents in charge of a younger brother and sister. After being educated in private schools, he was apprenticed to a mechanical engineer, and before the age of twenty-one had attained a position of responsibility in the works. At this time he was already experimenting with voltaic cells, electrical machines and kites, and the electro-deposition of metals....