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Ferranti, A History (volume 1): Building a family business, 1882–1975

by Prof. John F. Wilson


Volume 2 is out now in hardback.

Ferranti was one of the most successful firms of the last one hundred years, and as a centre of engineering excellence and innovation it was known world-wide. It was started by the eighteen-year-old Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti in 1882 and was still family owned and run over 90 years later, giving it a distinctive culture which owed all to a passion for engineering invention and innovation. But if Ferranti was much more than just a business to the Ferranti dynasty, it was more than just an employer to those it employed: to many it was part of their own extended family and an important part of their social lives. Ferranti inspired great loyalty from its workforce and successive generations of workers followed each other into the firm.

So it was a particularly poignant moment when, after having taken 100 years to build the company, it went into receivership in the same number of months. Ferranti is no more, but the history is here and the memories live on in this superb record which took accomplished author Professor John Wilson twenty years to research and write. Packed tightly within its pages there is a wealth of fascinating detail that gives the reader a glimpse of the excitement of working for a company that encouraged initiative, risk and enterprise at all levels.

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