Robert Stephenson-The Eminent Engineer

Robert Stephenson-The Eminent Engineer

by Michael R. Bailey
     
 

Stephenson (1903-59) was born of humble origins in the Northumbrian coalfield, and rose from obscurity to become Britain's most famous engineer during a period when such social mobility was unheard of. Contributors associated with the Newcomen Society (which studies the history of engineering and technology) and the Institution of Civil Engineers present a biography… See more details below

Overview

Stephenson (1903-59) was born of humble origins in the Northumbrian coalfield, and rose from obscurity to become Britain's most famous engineer during a period when such social mobility was unheard of. Contributors associated with the Newcomen Society (which studies the history of engineering and technology) and the Institution of Civil Engineers present a biography that addresses his crucial contribution to railways and to civil, structural, mechanical, and water engineering; and examines his involvement in railway promotion in the free-market climate of 19th-century Britain, and the political and business connections that garnered him great wealth and influence. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754636793
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Reference Sources
Introduction
1The early years3
2London and Birmingham39
3Chamber consultations63
4Strategy, tactics and mania87
5Wider horizons135
6The mechanical business163
7Robert Stephenson in society211
8Building the London & Birmingham Railway241
9Railway building263
10Iron railway bridges301
11Masonry structures337
12Water engineering355
Bibliography385
Index391

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