Born Chatteris, Cambs in 1835, he went on
to become the founder and owner of Ruston, Proctor & Company in 1857, a
Lincoln-based industrial equipment manufacturer employing 1600 men. RPC
became a public company in 1889, Joseph Ruston receiving £465,000 as the
proceeds of the flotation. RPC was taken over by GEC in 1967.