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Jules Thorn

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Sir Jules Thorn (7 February 1899 – 12 December 1980) was the founder of Thorn Electrical Industries, one of the United Kingdom's largest electrical businesses. Career Born in Vienna to Jewish parents Leibisch Thorn and Teme Thorn (née Finkelstein), Julius (later known as Jules) Thorn was conscripted into the Austrian Army during World War I. After the War he studied at the Handelshochschule (Business School) in Vienna. In 1923 Thorn moved to the United Kingdom as representative for Olso, an Austrian manufacturer of gas mantles. In 1926 Olso went bankrupt and Thorn chose to set up business on his own trading as the Electric Lamp Service Company. In 1936 he diversified into manufacturing and expanded the company into one of the largest electrical businesses in the country, Thorn Electrical Industries. He was knighted in 1964. In 1970 Thorn retired from full-time involvement in the business to devote himself
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