Sir Charles Algernon Parsons, OM, KCB, FRS (13 June 1854 – 11 February 1931) was an Anglo-Irish engineer, best known for his invention of the compound steam turbine,[1] and as the eponym of C. A. Parsons and Company. He worked as an engineer on dynamo and turbine design, and power generation, with great influence on the naval and electrical engineering fields. He also developed optical equipment for searchlights and telescopes.

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Charles Algernon Parsons
Born13 June 1854
Died11 February 1931 (1931-02-12) (aged 76)
CitizenshipBritish subject
Alma materTrinity College, Dublin
St. John's College, Cambridge
Known forSteam turbine
SpouseKatharine Parsons (née Bethell) (m. 1883) (d. 1933)
ChildrenRachel Mary Parsons (1885–1956)
Algernon George Parsons (b. 1886–1918)
AwardsRumford Medal (1902)
Albert Medal (1911)
Franklin Medal (1920)
Faraday Medal (1923)
Copley Medal (1928)
Bessemer Gold Medal (1929)
Scientific career
InstitutionsHeaton, Newcastle

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