FOX, Edmund John



21st April 1874 to 18th January 1954

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Biographical Text

Fox was the long-serving managing director of Stanton Ironworks in Nottinghamshire. 

Fox was born on 21 April 1874. He was educated at Rugby School and then Nottingham Technical College, and then trained as an engineer at the Edmonds Copper Company, Leeds before serving an apprenticeship with Crompton and Co., a manufacturer of electricity generating systems and lighting, in Chelmsford. He completed his apprenticeship in 1894, and until 1901 worked as an engineer with Crompton. He then joined Willans and Robinson, another generator maker based in Rugby. 

In 1917 Fox was appointed managing director of Stanton Ironworks. He held this post for twenty-five years, until his retirement in 1942. He also served on board of Stewarts and Lloyds, Crompton Parkinson and Davy and United Engineering, serving as chairman of the latter from 1931 until 1944. He was a council member of the Iron and Steel Institute, and a supporter of the Institute of British Foundrymen, which awarded the E.J. Fox Medal for work in metallurgy in his honour. He was also a serving brother of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.  

Fox died at Tunbridge Wells on 18 January 1954. 


‘Edward [sic] John Fox’, Grace’s Guide,

Original Source

‘How to secure the co-operation of our workers in promoting industrial efficiency’, April 1930, Balliol College


“FOX, Edmund John,” The Rowntree Business Lectures and the Interwar British Management Movement, accessed August 5, 2020,