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Sir Josiah Mason

Josiah Mason was a Birmingham industrialist; born in 1795 and died in 1881. His primary business was the production of steel pens. He was the U.K.'s largest producer of steel pens during this period, his products being branded and marketed by James Perry (Perry & Co.). Mason was knighted in 1872 for his philanthropy, and Mason Science College, which he founded in 1875, later became University of Birmingham.