Person    | Male  Born 4/4/1820  Died 25/1/1897

David Kirkaldy

Categories: Science

Countries: Scotland

Born near Dundee. In 1857 Kirkaldy helped form the Institution of Engineers in Scotland and was the first person to set up a load testing machine for construction materials powerful enough to deal with the largest specimens. (But see Brown Lenox & Co.)

Kirkaldy opened his first London works in an existing building in The Grove, Southwark on 1 January 1866, installing a testing machine he'd had built in Leeds. The machine was used for the construction of the nearby 1869 Blackfriars Bridge. In 1874 he had the Kirkaldy Testing Works purpose built.

Died at home, 45 Carleton Road, Islington.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
David Kirkaldy

Commemorated ati

Kirkaldy Materials Testing Machine

Kirkaldy Materials Testing Machine Built in 1865 to David Kirkaldy’s design, ...

Read More

Kirkaldy Testing Works

Kirkaldy Testing Works This building was built in 1874 for David Kirkaldy (18...

Read More

Other Subjects

Georges Cuvier

Georges Cuvier

French naturalist and zoologist, sometimes referred to as the "founding father of paleontology". Cuvier was a major figure in natural sciences research in the early 19th century and was instrumenta...

Person, Race Issues, Science, France

1 memorial
compound steam turbine

compound steam turbine

Invented by Sir Charles Parsons.

Concept, Science

1 memorial
John Dalton

John Dalton

Chemist, physicist, and meteorologist. Born Cumberland into a Quaker family. Achieved a high level of education early and became a teacher of science at a Quaker college. He made meteorological mea...

Person, Science

1 memorial
Sir Henry De la Beche

Sir Henry De la Beche

Born Welbeck Street. An unusual childhood: his father changed their name from Beach to create a fictional connection with the medieval Barons De la Beche of Aldworth. Inheriting a slave plantation ...

Person, Race Issues, Science

1 memorial
Geological Society of London

Geological Society of London

The first geological society in the world, inaugurated in The Freemasons' Tavern. Founded by 13 men having dinner on Friday the 13th. Is this why the earth is in such a mess?

Group, Science

3 memorials