A political and social reformer, Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) was also a noted biographer in the Victorian period. Following the engineer's death in 1848, Smiles published his highly successful Life of George Stephenson in 1857 (also reissued in this series). His interest in engineering evolved and he began working on biographies of Britain's most notable engineers from the Roman to the Victorian era. Originally published in three volumes between 1861 and 1862, this work contains detailed and lively accounts of the educations, careers and pioneering work of seven of Britain's most accomplished engineers. These volumes stand as a remarkable undertaking, advancing not only the genre, but also the author's belief in what hard work could achieve. Volume 3 includes a revised version of Smiles's biography of George Stephenson (1781-1848), as well as a biography of his equally famous son, Robert (1803-59).
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The colliery districts of the north; 2. Wylam colliery and village; 3. Jolly's Close, Newburn; 4. Sobriety and studiousness; 5. Self-improvement; 6. Various expedients for facilitating coal-haulage; 7. Frequency of colliery explosions; 8. The Killingworth mine-machinery; 9. The Bishop Auckland coal-field; 10. Insufficiency of the communications between Liverpool and Manchester; 11. The Liverpool and Manchester bill before Parliament; 12. George Stephenson appointed engineer; 13. Robert Stephenson mining engineer in Colombia; 14. The railway finished; 15. The London and Birmingham railway projected; 16. Projection of new lines; 17. George Stephenson's views on railways and coal-traffic; 18. Robert Stephenson's career; 19. George Stephenson surveys a line from Chester to Holyhead; 20. George Stephenson's life at Tapton; 21. Characteristics of the Stephensons; Appendix; Index.