Albert Edwin Reed

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Albert Edwin Reed (1846–1920) was the founder of Reed Elsevier, formerly Reed International, one the United Kingdom's largest professional publishing businesses.


Entering the paper industry as a boy, Albert Reed first managed or part-owned paper businesses before he acquired a fire-damaged building, Upper Tovil Mill, near Maidstone in Kent in 1894.[1] Albert Reed specialised in the production of paper suitable for halftone blocks[2] for which there was considerable demand at the time and by 1903 he owned seven mills.[2] Under his leadership the business expanded rapidly securing an order to supply newsprint for the Daily Mirror in 1904.[2] Reed was importing paper from a mill in Canada by 1911.[3]

He died in 1920, leaving the management of the business to his twin sons.[2]

Other interests[edit]

Reed was a staunch Methodist and a philanthropist.[1]