Sir Charles Tilston Bright (1832-88) was a renowned telegraph engineer, best known for his role in laying the first successful transatlantic cable in 1858, for which he was knighted. Bright later worked on the telegraph networks that would span not only the British Empire but the entire globe. Written by his brother Edward Brailsford Bright (1831-1913) and son Charles (1863-1937), both telegraph engineers who worked alongside him, this two-volume biography, first published in 1898, would do much to cement Bright's reputation as an electrical engineer, providing an insider account of telegraphy's formative years. Volume 2 traces Bright's work on the burgeoning telegraph network, laying imperial cables to the Mediterranean, India, the West Indies, and further afield. Bright's significant contributions to the field of electrical engineering are also acknowledged in these pages, along with his personal qualities and political pursuits.
Table of Contents
1. The Mediterranean cables; 2. 1860-3; 3. The telegraph to India; 4. The Greenwich election; 5. 1865-99; 6. West India cables; 7. 1873-4; 8. Land telegraphs; 9. Mining; 10. The fire alarm; 11. Telephony; 12. Electric lighting; 13. Railways; 14. Various evidence and reports; 15. The Paris Exhibition; 16. The Institute of Electrical Engineers; 17. Colleagues and pupils; 18. Volunteering; 19. Freemasonry; 20. The Needlemakers Company; 21. Home life and recreations; 22. Death and funeral; 23. Summary; Appendices; Index.