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Lucean Arthur HeadenThe Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur$
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Jill D. Snider

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654355

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654355.001.0001

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A Dream Crosses the Pond

A Dream Crosses the Pond

(p.129) Chapter Nine A Dream Crosses the Pond
Lucean Arthur Headen

Jill D. Snider

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 9 discusses Headen’s professional and personal life between his emigration to England in 1931 until his death there in 1957. It documents the companies he directed in Camberley, Surrey, principally Headen Hamilton Engineering Co., Ltd. (with investor George D. Hamilton) and Headen Keil Engineering Co., Ltd. (with local builder James Richard McLean Keil), and the companies that distributed the bi-fuel engine kits he patented and manufactured for automobiles, lorries, and Fordson tractors. Addressing his legacy as an inventor, the chapter also explores the contributions his products made to British agriculture in the 1930s and to the war effort in World War II, and the long-reaching impact of anti-icing methods he patented for aircraft. Finally, the chapter examines Headen’s social position in England; his service in the Surrey Home Guard; his remarriage in 1945; his adoption of a son in 1948; and his death in Frimley Green in 1957.

Keywords:   anti-icing methods, bi-fuel engines, British agriculture, Camberley, Surrey, England, Fordson tractors, Frimley Green, Surrey, England, Headen Hamilton Engineering Company, Ltd, Headen Keil Engineering Company, Ltd, Surrey Home Guard, World War II industries

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