Thomas Cooke 1807-1868
Thomas Cooke was born on March 8th 1807 into a poor family of shoemakers in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He would go on to become one of the world’s most important telescope makers.
He moved to York in 1829 and in 1855 he built one the Uk’s first purpose built telescope making factories, the Buckingham Works. He made not only telescopes but many other kinds of optical instruments and turret clocks. Among the telescopes he made was one for HRH Prince Albert and in 1869 the largest telescope in the world at that time, the 25 inch Newall refractor.
In 1866 he even built a small number of 3 wheeled steam cars.
Cooke died on October 19th 1868.