Robert Stephenson-The Eminent Engineer

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754636793
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • 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
1 The early years 3
2 London and Birmingham 39
3 Chamber consultations 63
4 Strategy, tactics and mania 87
5 Wider horizons 135
6 The mechanical business 163
7 Robert Stephenson in society 211
8 Building the London & Birmingham Railway 241
9 Railway building 263
10 Iron railway bridges 301
11 Masonry structures 337
12 Water engineering 355
Bibliography 385
Index 391
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