Robert Stephenson-the Eminent Engineer
Michael Reeves Bailey
Ashgate, 2003 - History - 401 pages
Robert Stephenson M.P., F.R.S., Hon.MA, Hon DCL (1803-1859) was the leading engineer of his day. He was acclaimed for his development of the main-line steam locomotive and renowned for his innovations in bridge building. He built the first trunk railway line in the world between London and Birmingham, was at the centre of the railway 'mania' that gripped early Victorian Britain, and by 1850 had been responsible for one third of the railway network in England.
Robert Stephenson - The Eminent Engineer is the first biographical study to be devoted to Robert Stephenson for over a century, and is fully illustrated in black-and-white and colour. Written by a team of experts in railway and engineering history, chapters explore Stephenson's early training and work with his father, George and examine his influence and achievements in railway development, noting his advocacy of planning, rather than an unbridled free market. They also examine his innovation and techniques in railway and bridge building and port and water engineering. Not least they consider Stephenson's public face - the immense recognition he won as a person who contributed to the transformation of society by opening up communications and transport, and his career as a respected arbitrator, MP, and Commissioner for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
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