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Lives of the Engineers
With an Account of their Principal Works; Comprising Also a History of Inland Communication in Britain

Volume 3


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Technology

  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108052948

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  • 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).

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    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108052948
    • length: 544 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 31 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 69 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Author

    Samuel Smiles

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