Person    | Male  Born 8/6/1724  Died 28/10/1792

John Smeaton

Categories: Engineering

Civil engineer. Born and died at Austhorpe Lodge, Whitkirk, near Leeds. In 1748 he moved to London initially at Great Turnstile and set up in business first as a scientist and maker of instruments but he soon got involved in engineering projects.

Considered by some the "father of civil engineering". Designed bridges, canals, harbours and lighthouses. His most famous work being the third Eddystone Lighthouse, which became the model for all other lighthouses, and appeared on the tail of the old penny, behind Britannia.

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Ship Tavern

Founded: AD 1549. Rebuilt: AD 1923 The Ship Tavern This tavern was establ...

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Skempton Building plaques

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Osborne Reynolds

Osborne Reynolds

Professor of engineering.  FRS.  Born Belfast.  Aged 25 he was appointed professor of engineering (one of the first to be appointed to such a post in the UK) in Owens College, Manchester.  He remai...

Person, Education, Engineering, Ireland

1 memorial
Rotherhithe Tunnel

Rotherhithe Tunnel

Road tunnel crossing under the River Thames, connecting Rotherhithe to the Ratcliff district of Limehouse. Designed by Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice, it was constructed using both a tunnelling 'shield' a...

Building, Engineering, Transport

7 memorials
Peter Lind and Co Ltd

Peter Lind and Co Ltd

Peter Lind was a Danish construction engineer who came to England when, in 1913 he was appointed designer for the British Reinforced Concrete Engineering Company. His firm built the silos for The S...

Group, Engineering

1 memorial
Frederick George Creed

Frederick George Creed

Inventor. Born in Mill Village, Nova Scotia. While working for the Central and South American Telegraph and Cable Company he became tired of using hand-operated machines to send messages. He came u...

Person, Engineering, Canada, Scotland

1 memorial
Sir Cowasjee Jehangir Readymoney

Sir Cowasjee Jehangir Readymoney

Companion of the Star of India, a wealthy Parsi gentleman of Bombay. His grandfather and two great-uncles had made their names, literally, in the opium trade with China (facilitated by the British)...

Person, Engineering, Philanthropy, Politics & Administration, India

2 memorials