Brother of James Hinks he took over his company, James Hinks & Son, of 91-96 Great Hampton Street and 66 Hockley Street, Birmingham in 1839, patenting a duplex burner and extinguisher in 1865. He became mayor of Leamington Spa.
He died at Orkney Cottage Taplow Bucks on 24 April 1931.
- Lamp For Burning Petroleum, James Hinks and Joseph Hinks, in Scientific American, Vol. 17, No. 26 28 December 1867.
- "Family look for oil lamp inventor's resting place". www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
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